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26th Oct 2021

DSW humbled by inspiring Orbis adult’s Pen y Fan sporting challenge success

The wonderful adults at Orbis Education and Care love sport and wanted to do something for Disability Sport Wales – so they set about creating a fundraising sporting challenge to climb Pen y Fan!

Orbis provides inspiring lifelong education and care for children and adults with complex needs associated with autism. Adults from its Tŷ Seren, Rosendale and The Old Vicarage centres decided to embark on a mountainous adventure in recognition of the incredible work and opportunities DSW provides to young people and adults with disabilities.

The adults climbing in the name of Orbis Education and Care climbed to the Pen y Fan summit 886 metres above sea-level and, through a fundraising page that they created, raised over £500.

The Head of Academy Living at Orbis, Kris Davies was over the moon with the effort of the team, and said: “I am extremely proud of all those who participated in this fundraising event on behalf of Orbis Education and Care.” 

“From those who helped raise money within their local community, to those who walked and completed Pen y Fan, the commitment and effort they have all put in has been truly humbling,” Kris added.

“This project was run through the Orbis Academy Living project to help raise wider awareness of autism and of just what all of those we are here to support are truly capable of. I know they are all very proud of what they have achieved and that they are helping others, and so they should be.”

Orbis has long been inspired by Disability Sport Wales’ ethos to make Wales more inclusive and inspiring. With their young people and adults enjoying some form of physical activity, it was therefore an easy decision to choose DSW as their charity of choice for their fundraising walk. 

As an organisation that clearly recognises the overall wellbeing and developmental benefits that sports has on individuals, it is also continually striving to provide physical activity opportunities for those it supports, from walking the Taff Trail to visiting the swimming pool.

Swimming in particular stands out as a favourite activity for the adults and children making use of Orbis Academy Living services, and the organisation has therefore asked that the money raised be invested into further developing the swimming programme at DSW.

“This was such a great opportunity for our guys, coming together to reach their goals, raise money for a good cause and climb the biggest mountain in south Wales,” added Dean Thomas, Orbis Works and Skills Co-ordinator.

“What a great day. It was hard, we had fun and to keep us motivated we kept on thinking of the positives that the money raised could go toward.”

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