Man walking in the mountains
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

Hayes Raise £1,600 With Charity Walk

Coniston to Barrow walk

Hayes Garden World staff have a long and proud tradition of raising funds for charity and this year is no exception. In addition to collecting money through the wishing wells outside the store we have walked the 51st Coniston to Barrow (C2B), which is part of the longer Keswick to Barrow Walk (K2B) on the 6th May. The inspiration for the inception of this walk was a statement made by US President John F Kennedy that “every American should be capable of walking 50 miles a day”.

Various charities benefit from the money raised by the walk and the Hayes team are supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust, which supports young people and their families. Approximately 7 young people are diagnosed with cancer every day so the support they provide is more essential than ever before. The money goes to pay for a team of office staff, specialist nurses and youth workers. Just £50 will pay for 2 hours with an expert nurse, which can be invaluable in allaying fears and shining a light at the end of the long dark tunnel.

The C2B walk started at the Coniston Sports and Social Centre between 09:00 – 11:00 and finished in Barrow at the Hawcoat Park Sports Club. The C2B covers a distance of 21 miles with the full K2B being 43miles.


The full list of staff members who took part is listed below.

Staff members who took part and the position they came out of 1,512 walkers:

  • Alison Owen 1,200
  • Amy Farrell 426
  • Clara Penhallurick 428
  • Elizabeth Hall 387
  • Fin Capps 1,201
  • Harry Wilson 422
  • Jenna Marshall 385
  • Keith Laird 551
  • Kyle Saurin 266
  • Megan Aitken   1,204
  • Megan Scott 1,203
  • Olivia Hardacre 1,059
  • Scott Wilkinson 425
  • Sharon Hayes (stand-in Yvonne Gregory)  442

Massive, massive well done to all the staff members who gave up their day off to support this charity.

Money raised: £1,600

Thank you for your support.