1988 Sponsored walk raises £5000 (more than £1200 today - 2011)


On a wintry day in April 1988, with snow falling and a bitterly cold easterly wind blowing, twenty group members led a party of one hundred largely inexperienced walkers on a 6 or 10 mile walk from Cwmcarn to Mynydd Maen and along the ridge to Twmbarlwm. As a result over £5000 was finally raised and little Sophie was able to have a specialist treatment she so desperately needed. She is now a likely to be able to lead a normal life without wheelchairs and walking frames.

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Little Sophie Tippet, pictured with her mum, Janet, captured the hearts of Newport workers when she braved the braved the icy blasts on Saturday to join them on a sponsored walk..

More than 100 well-wrapped employees from J Compton, Sons and Webb joined South Gwent Ramblers Association to help raise money to send Sophie - a spina bifida sufferer from Sheffield - to the Peto Institute in Hungary.

They hope the walk up Tmbarlwm Mountain, Cwmcarn, will raise £3,000 towards the £5,000 target.

The ramblers organised the walk for the firm who learnt of Sophie's plight from her grandfather, a contracts manager at the firm.

When he asked permission to sell a few fund-raising raffle tickets, they pitched in to help collect the cash required for a trip to the Budapest clinic.

Now, thanks to the Ramblers, they are well on their way to the target.