The holiday gives me a chance to update you on what has been a busy week for our appeal.
Dydd Llun (Monday)
I receive a phone call from Julie, a keen cyclist who’s had the idea of conquering Mont Ventoux – famous for being one of the toughest sections of the Tour de France – with her husband, Mark. All in aid of raising funds to help us purchase Llyndy Isaf. What a wonderful story this will make when this happens! We are in discussions with these intrepid supporters and I will keep you posted.
I take a call from Beth, who works at our head office. She’s been contacted by the Royal Oak Foundation who would like to help by applying for a donation from an American foundation which helps the environment. I provide her with information about some of the environmental improvements we would carry out at Llyndy if we succeed in securing it. I’ll let you know if we are successful.
On my return to the office at Craflwyn I’m greeted with the news that the first cuckoo has been heard calling from the hillside above Llyn Dinas.
To Dolgellau to give a talk to the Meirionnydd Association of National Trust Members about the Appeal. Together with the Eryri Association, the work of these loyal supporters often goes unrecognised by the general public. At the end of my talk, group treasurer Eifion stood up to announce the donation of £2,000 to the Llyndy campaign – to enthusiastic applause by the members – and me! This wonderful donation represents a whole year’s fundraising work for the 100-member -strong Association. I can’t thank them enough. For more information about how to get involved with our Associations in Snowdonia, see the links on the right.
Met a Trust supporter who has decided to help Llyndy, but wanted to see for himself where his donation would go to. After a pleasant guided walk around the lake in beautiful weather, he strolled off to take in the atmosphere of the place on his own. The lake was glinting in the sunshine; swallows swooped over the water, a pair of ducks flew overhead, lambs could be heard bleating in the fields and birdsong drifted from the greening woods. After a while, he returned to me and my colleague and said thoughtfully, “…it’s perfect”.
In a week’s time we’ll be one month into the campaign and I hope to provide you with a running total of all funds raised then, so watch this space!