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A young Wrexham woman has her sights firmly set on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro when she can to raise vital money for north Wales’ Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham.

Myfina Goddard, 27, has signed up to raise more than £4,000 for the hospice, which will help local people and their families living with life-limiting illness. And, with the trip currently due to take place in September this year she has wasted no time in starting fundraising, with her colleagues and employer getting firmly behind her goal.

Signing up to the challenge in October, Myfina wasted no time and set about raising money, holding a raffle amongst colleagues based at Wales & West Utilities’ Wrexham depot. She was thrilled by the response, raising over £300, and even more so when her employer decided to match fund her efforts with a further £300.

Myfina, is an apprentice at Wales & West Utilities, the company that looks after the pipes that keep the gas flowing across north Wales. 

I’ve always loved walking and as a family we have always supported the wonderful efforts of Nightingale House. When I read about the organised trip, I decided to combine the two and signed up to the challenge. I am really excited at the prospect of completing the climb of the tallest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.

To say I’m pleased is an understatement – the raffle was a great start to my fundraising, and I’m thrilled that Wales & West Utilities and my colleagues have got behind my challenge.

I’m under no illusion as to how hard the climb will be but knowing that I will have so many people back home willing me on, will give me the positivity I need.

Myfina Goddard, Wales & West Utilities Apprentice

We are committed to supporting the charitable and fundraising efforts of our colleagues and the challenge that Myfina has signed up to will be gruelling, but so rewarding and beneficial for those who rely on the services of Nightingale House – now more than ever.

We are delighted to help kickstart her fundraising and wish Myfina all the luck with her training.

Sarah Hopkins, Wales & West Utilities People & Engagement Director

Nightingale House Hospice provides services for individuals and their families living within North East Wales and the border areas who are living with a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness.

Thank you Myfina for supporting us by taking on our Kilimanjaro challenge and to Wales & West Utilities for their generous match funding donations. This support is vital to the overall success of our fundraising, so a big thank you from everyone at Nightingale House Hospice. We wish Myfina and all our trekkers the very best of luck.

Bethan Scott, Challenge Events Co-ordinator for Nightingale House Hospice

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we'll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We'll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

To donate to Myfina’s challenge please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/myfina-goddard