A HARDY Tywyn duo are undertaking a 1,500-year-old pilgrimage to raise money for a local junior school.

On Friday, 23 September, Jeremy Murfin, 45, and Mark Dancer, 31, will set off to walk the 85 miles from Tywyn to Bardsey Island, following in the footsteps of Saint Cadfan, one of the first known settlers to arrive in the Tywyn area.

The pair, who are both train drivers for Arriva Wales, are hoping their coastline trek will raise as much money as possible for two “very worthy” causes - Ysgol Penybryn Parent and Teacher Association and Jeans for Genes, a charity which cares for children with genetic disorders.

Jeremy, a parent governor at Ysgol Penybryn who also has two daughters in the school, said: “The school is always trying to come up with imaginative ways to raise funds and sponsored events like this are a part of that.

“The other half of the funds will also go to Jeans For Genes charity.

“This is an annual event that Penybryn has supported for a long time, where the children give a small donation in return for wearing denim to school for the day.

“This charity was also the chosen charity of Susan Kendall, a member of the canteen staff and a staff governor, who sadly died this year whilst only in her 40s.

“The school have been marking the 1,500 years since St Cadfan’s church was established in Tywyn by doing class projects, visits to the church and finally a big concert there earlier this year.

“In conversation with Mark about a suitable walk to do, this came up. We both knew the link to Ynys Enlli/Bardsey... and the rest is history!”

For more information, or to sponsor Jeremy and Mark, visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/jeremy-murfin

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