A GROUP of teaching staff from a Wrexham primary school are lacing up their walking books at taking on Hope House Children’s Hospice’s Llangollen Canal Walk this month.

Six staff from Ysgol Sant Dunawd in Bangor-on-Dee will be taking on the 10-mile sold out trek on Sunday, March 12 to help raise money for the hospice which cares for children and families in the area.

Steven Jones, Martin Wyeth, Laura Hughes, Jane Parr, Laura Thomas and Sarah Hughes decided to raise money at the same time as bonding outside of school.

Teaching assistant Laura Thomas said: “We like to get together outside of work and we are a bit of a family here.

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“This walk has always looked really good, especially as it passes over the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, and this year we decided we would take it on as a group and raise money for such an incredible local cause.

“As a teaching staff we work with and are passionate about children so it felt it was fitting for us to help raise money to support local children too.”

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The group has so far raised more than £350 and are asking for anyone who would like to sponsor the walk to visit justgiving.com/fundraising/mark-wyeth1.

Fundraiser Cat Dowdeswell recently gave an assembly to the children and staff to thank them for their fundraising efforts and explain more about the charity.

She said: “We are so touched that the staff from Ysgol Sant Dunawd chose to support us by taking on our Llangollen Canal Walk.

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“Without the fantastic support of our local community and those taking part in our events we wouldn’t be able to be here for those seriously ill local children and their families when they need us the most.”

The Llangollen Canal Walk has been sponsored by this year by Principality Building Society.

James Harper, social impact lead at Principality said: “We’re proud to be sponsoring this amazing walk and raising money for such an important charity. We’ve got our hiking boots ready to join the walkers on the route, and our fingers crossed for dry weather.”