A North Wales lady has a special reason for undertaking brave fundraising challenges

Gwyneth Cinibulak, 63, of Colwyn Bay, who works at the town’s Morrisons store, recently undertook the infamous Zip World Velocity II ride at Penrhyn Quarry – the world’s fastest zipwire that can reach speeds of 100mph. This comes after last year taking part in a charity head shave with colleague, Jenny.

The supermarket chain are official charity partners with Together For Short Lives, who raise money for and support all children’s hospices in the UK. But at the Colwyn Bay branch there is a special connection to Tŷ Gobaith and a poignant reminder of why the children’s hospice movement is so important.

Colin Lovelady, a baker at the store, and wife Rachel, from Colwyn Bay, were introduced to Tŷ Gobaith in December 2021 when their son Alfie was diagnosed with a very rare genetic condition that has since left him without speech or use of his limbs.

The Lovelady family with their son Alfie (centre) at Ty Gobaith where he enjoy respite stays

Strong family

Gwyneth explains: “The hospice has helped my colleagues and friends so much, it’s really amazing.

“I remember Alfie running around and getting high fives off him.

“They are such a strong family and I love raising funds for the charity.

“The more we can help them, the more they can help other people.”

Zip line

Speaking of her zipwire experience, Gwyneth said: “It was absolutely fantastic.

“You don’t realise how fast you’re going until you start slowing down.

“When you look up from the bottom, it’s like looking into space.”

Since February 2022, Morrisons have raised over £4m for children’s hospices in the UK.

Tŷ Gobaith fundraiser, Andy Everley said: “You can’t help but smile when you’re in the company of Gwyneth.

“Her unwavering motivation to continue raising funds for us is truly inspiring.

“Watching her zoom over Penrhyn Quarry at nearly 100mph was a breath-taking sight.”