Community shows support for Miners’ Hospital project
More than 80 people took part in a charity hike to show their support for a project to turn the original Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital into a community centre.
Teams of walkers climbed the three peaks of Caerphilly – Garth, Rockwood and Caerphilly mountains – to raise money for the project which aims to refurbish and restore the hospital into a community centre complete with IT suites.
The challenge took place on October 6 with walkers covering 13.5km.
The event was run by the Caerphilly Miners Well-being group and was supported by aircraft servicing company GE Aviation Wales, who helped co-ordinate the day and provided volunteers to marshal the course.
Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital closed its doors for the final time in November 2011 with the opening of Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr.
Eighty-two homes will now stand in its place – but the historic Beeches building will remain.
The Beeches was built in 1924 and was paid for by the miners of the Rhymney Valley after they each put aside 6d out of their weekly wage of 12s 6d to raise the £30,000 needed.
Katherine Hughes, company secretary for the Caerphilly Miners Centre for the Community, said: “I would like to thank everyone who supported the event, without the support of members of the local community and companies like GE Aviation Wales, Tony and Alison Dascombe for the use of Rockwood Mountain, Jenny Hibbert for supporting the administration, Asda Coryton and Marta Gines Esteve. who supplied and supported with refreshments, we would have not been able to have pulled this event off.
“The day was a great success and the atmosphere was fantastic. With over £3,000 pledged in sponsorship we really appreciate the support of the local community and we are now one step closer to completing the refurbishment. With the great feedback we have received from the teams who took part, we are hoping to make this an annual event.”
Mike Dummer, of GE Aviation Wales, who helped organise the event, said: “We are pleased to be able to support a project in the local community which will benefit so many residents. From volunteers to teams taking part, everyone was in great spirits and even the weather stayed on our side.”
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