CHARITIES supporting the most vulnerable people in and around Brecon were boosted by over £22,000 after last summer’s tough mountain navigation fundraiser – the WAAT4 Challenge.

To celebrate its tenth year, the organisers want to beat last year’s total – £22,850 – and make the event its biggest success yet.

Over its previous nine years the WAAT4 Challenge has raised £235,000 for charities including Brecon Mountain Rescue, Wales Air Ambulance, Teenage Cancer Trust, Help for Heroes, Ty Hafan, Stroke Association, Brecon Young Firefighters and Brecon Dementia Friendly Community.

Event organiser Alan Roberts said: “In 2017 the WAAT4 Challenge was a great success – around 100 teams from across the UK took part – and next year we hope to make the event bigger and better to help more good causes.

“With two routes to choose from, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never done a navigation event before or you’re a champion of the mountains – there’s something for all abilities and ambitions.”

The challenge has been shaken-up for 2018 – competitors can choose from two routes; the new 20km walk or a more demanding 40km trek, which both take you from the heart of Brecon out to the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Constable, Mark Collins, said: “Protecting vulnerable people is a priority for us in Dyfed-Powys Police, so we are pleased to be part of the WAAT4. The charities supported by the event provide crucial support to both the police and the community we serve.”

The event brings together local businesses, police and competitors who share the event’s aim to ‘work as a team for the vulnerable within the community’.

Mr Roberts continued: “On behalf of all organisers I would like to thank our sponsors and volunteers – without their assistance the event would not be as successful as it has been. We hope to continue to have your support for the coming years.”

Sponsors of the event include Dyfed-Powys Police, Landmarc Support Services, Brecon Carreg, Likes Landrover, RWS Consulting, Barclays, Dyfed-Powys Police Crime Commissioner, Strongman Supplements, View Web Design, Wild Trail and more local businesses.

This year’s event takes place on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Enter online, or make a donation, at: www.waat4.co.uk. Charities benefitting from 2018 funds will include Brecon Mountain Rescue, Wales Air Ambulance, Dyfed Powys Police Charity 2018 and DofE Cymru.

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