There’s nothing rusty about these prison officers! Nigel Thomas, Peter Phillips and Michael Morris have supported Tŷ Hafan through several incredible challenges and have recently taken on their final mission. Their target was to raise enough money to pay for a whole day of care at the hospice, which comes to £14,250.

The team’s first challenge was the Welsh 3 Peaks, then they took on five peaks! Most recently, for their final fundraising challenge for us, the Rusty Screws set out to climb seven peaks in under 36 hours. They conquered Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon, Garnedd Ugain, Cadair Idris, Corn Du, and Pen-y-Fan!

When asked how the team kept going, they shared: “We were driven by knowing the difference the funds would make to the children we care for and their families”.  

Nigel, Peter and Michael had lots of people supporting them and helping them reach their fundraising target, with various events such bake sales, raffles, quizzes, and roped in family members – Nigel’s daughter is an artist and she raffled off one of her paintings.  

The Prison Officers Association generously contributed £2,000 to their cause, and staff at the Gwealod y Garth Inn were so taken by their passion to raise the funds, holding several quiz nights on their behalf contributing a further £1,000 to their total. 

The Rusty Screws not only reached their target, but they absolutely smashed it thanks to their sheer determination and the support of their family and friends – raising a phenomenal £17,371.14! 

They were recently invited to Tŷ Hafan where they were awarded a leaf on the Tŷ Hafan Giving Tree, which recognises the gifts of major donors since the charity’s inception. 

Sorrel Mayo, Corporate Senior Fundraiser at Tŷ Hafan told us, “It was so emotional giving them their leaf on the Giving Tree, I have never seen such proud faces on receiving this.” 

A huge thank you to the Rusty Screws for all your support over the years, we hope that you enjoy a well-deserved break.