Clwyd South AM takes on dreaded ice bucket challenge


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

CELEBRITIES, politicians and people around the world have all been taking on the dreaded ice bucket challenge to raise money and awareness for motor neurone disease.

And Clwyd South AM Ken Skates is the latest to brave the freezing cold water in the name of charity.

Mr Skates, who used a bucket of ice-cold rainwater, was nominated by several people including Leighton Andrews, AM for Rhondda, and Splash Community Trust member Jenny Miller, of Penley.

Untitled from Ken Skates on Vimeo.

Mr Skates tackled the challenge with moral support from three-year-old nephew Oliver and called on people not to lose sight of the meaning behind the craze.

He said: “I was nominated by a few people last week, so I thought I’d better bite the bullet.

“I had a bit of moral support from my nephew Oliver, who insisted on doing it with me.

“The ice bucket challenge craze is all a bit of fun, but we shouldn’t lose sight of what the whole thing is about.

“ALS, or motor neurone disease as we call it here in the UK, is an aggressive, debilitating condition for which there is currently no cure.

“I made a donation online over the weekend through and I would encourage anyone else who takes part to do the same.”

After Mr Skates’ brother James had doused him with the ice-cold water, he nominated Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami, North Wales regional AM Antoinette Sandbach and Splash Community Trust member Greg Ogden to take on the challenge.

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