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Leeds’s Welsh peak challenge

Colleagues from Leeds Building Society branches in South West England recently raised more than £1,500 for a charity which cares for brain-injured children.

The team of 11 completed a trek up Pen-Y-Fan mountain in Brecon, Wales, within three hours, raising £1,190. With matched funding of £400 from the society, the total donated to Kyle’s Goal was £1,590.

These funds will go towards creating a rehabilitation centre to provide specialist support and care for children and young adults across the UK with brain injuries.

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The walkers were inspired to tackle their challenge by Kyle Beere, the stepson of the mutual’s Swansea branch manager David Owen.

Kyle was 12 years old when he suffered a brain haemorrhage caused by a rare condition called arteriovenous malformations. Kyle defied all the odds by surviving, but facilities for his rehabilitation, and for children like him, were very limited.

Richard Neal, the Leeds’s regional manager in the south west, said: “We are very pleased to have successfully completed this challenge, and delighted to have raised £1,590 for Kyle’s Goal.

“It was hard work but very rewarding, and all in aid of a terrific cause with a great team spirit throughout.”

Please see attached (pictured L-R) Richard Neal (Regional Manager, South West), Zoe Mathias (Brecon branch), Rob Yeo (Cardiff), Laura Roberts (Cheltenham), David Owen (Cardiff and Swansea), Kelly Hammacott (Bristol), Craig Carter (Banbury), Jennifer Lindoe (Gloucester), Dan Veale (Bristol), and Steve O’Brien (Birmingham).