Former Rydal Penrhos pupil Rob Lloyd is currently going through his most ambitious fundraising challenge to date.
In 2019, shortly after he had run the London Marathon, Rob Lloyd was diagnosed with lymphoma. the former Rydal Penrhos pupil (RS 1976-81) was admitted to Glan Clwyd Hospital and received nine months of chemotherapy treatment.
Since then, Rob has helped to set up 20 charity shops in Wales. He is now engaged in his most exciting, and ambitious, fundraising project to date.
Rob’s Senseless Campaign is a year-long enterprise to raise money for Sense – a national disability charity that supports people living with complex disabilities, including the deafblind, empowering them to experience the world in ways that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
He started in March with his “Tour-de-Llandudno” – a nonstop, six-hour, stationary bike ride outside the Llandudno Sense shop.
Next, it was a trip to Whitchurch in April and a James Bond-style skydiving stunt.
This was a huge personal challenge for Rob, who was joined for this challenge by award-winning actor, Jack Marsden, and star of The Real Housewives of Cheshire, Zdenka Dohnalová.
In May, Rob took part in a gruelling SAS boot camp in the Brecon Beacons, a physically and mentally demanding weekend that saw Rob learning CQB techniques, camping overnight and hiking miles with a heavy backpack.
So far, Rob has managed to raise more £25,000 pounds and has already attracted considerable media attention.
There are many more trials in store, including a Three Peak Challenge and a full 26-mile marathon around Colwyn Bay.
Rydal Penrhos will be hosting the start of the marathon at the Haley Memorial Pavilion on New Field on Friday 24 September and hope to get involved further by setting up a relay of 26 pupils who will run the whole distance in tandem with Rob.
We would love any alumni who like to run to join us too if you would like to support Rob on his journey and even raise funds for Sense yourself to help him.
In a video for the campaign, Rob said that he “wanted to embark on a really big challenge, one last hit, having done a lot of charity work historically”.
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