One Church Village Travel team member hasn’t let the coronavirus crisis slow him down, having completed a walk the length of a half marathon for charity, refocused his attention on recruiting homeworkers and built a new brand designed to help boost tourism in Wales
For David and Jennifer Perry, the evening of 17 May was spent in their Bridgend home nursing blisters, soothing muscles with a hot bath and indulging in a tipple or two to ease the aches and pains. The pair – both in their 60s – had just completed a 15-mile walk along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast in five and a half hours in memory of David’s eldest son James’ wife Ceri, who lost her long battle with bone cancer a year earlier in May 2019.
In doing so the Church Village Travel agency proprietor and his wife raised more than £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charitable boost much needed in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, which has seen the suspension of countless fundraising events. One such event was a Walk4Life David had planned for 11 July, now postponed until next year.
“We were raising money for Ceri and we wanted to [do the Walk4Life] in memory of her untimely passing away, so we thought ‘we will carry on with this walk’,” David explains.
“Family, friends and clients who have had bereavements made donations and they have all been very supportive,” he adds.
David and Jennifer won’t be stopping there, with plans to complete all 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path this summer in aid of Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff and Marie Curie Hospice in Penarth.