The Trade Centre Wales has given support to community initiative, The Merthyr Tydfil Walkathon, to get people active and raise money for local charities.

This years’ Walkathon took place on the 13th of May. More than 600 people of all ages took part, raising over £5,000 in support of MacMillan Merthyr, Cancer Aid Merthyr and the Merthyr Tydfil branch of Alzheimer’s UK. The Trade Centre Wales supported the event by donating £2,500 for the t-shirts worn by participants.

The Walkathon is an annual event which sees members of the community in Merthyr get together to walk through the town. The cost of taking part is £10 for adults and £3 for children, the funds raised are donated to a different charity each year.

Supporting community initiatives

As well as the walk, the event includes performances from local dance groups and displays by the fire brigade and army. To make it possible for people of all ages and abilities to take part, participants can choose between four, 10 or 16 mile routes through the town, starting and finishing at the leisure centre.

Jayne Brown founded the Merthyr Walkathon four years ago to encourage people within the local community to be more active. She said: “The Walkathon is all about bringing the community together. It’s a great day out in support of causes which are close to the hearts of people living here in Merthyr.

“The Trade Centre Wales jumped at the opportunity to get involved this year and we’re hugely grateful for their sponsorship, which helped make the event possible. Without it, the cost of the t-shirts would have come out of the money raised as an admin cost, so their support made a huge difference to the total we’re able to donate to charity.”

A community-focused business

Andy Coulthurst, CEO of The Trade Centre Wales, said: “With a showroom in Merthyr we see ourselves as a part of the community, so we were proud to support the Walkathon and help in any way we could.


“As a community and family focused business, we’re always looking ahead to other opportunities to support community initiatives like this one.”