Sandy Bear

August 2021

Dragon LNG Charity of the Year Fitness Fundraiser for Sandy Bear

The Social and Wellbeing Committee at Dragon LNG have launched a new exercise challenge to get the whole Dragon Team moving to raise money for Sandy Bear from 26th July until the 7th of October 2021.

The challenge is lasting for 80 days (11 weeks 3 days) and they are seeing how far they can get around the world – their target is 40,075 kms!

The challenge involves Dragon LNG staff and their families (including dogs) taking part in anything which keeps them active.

They have set up a Just Giving page for the fundraiser which can be found here: and they are bringing their dragons along with them to take pictures of their activities throughout the challenge. Their dragons have come from The Sheep Shop in Haverfordwest.

Hannah Underwood, Charity Coordinator at Sandy Bear, says ‘We are so pleased to have the support from Dragon LNG through their Charity of the Year partnership. I am really looking forward to hearing from the staff at Dragon LNG about how they are doing within their challenge and seeing the pictures of where they have been over the coming weeks. All of the staff at Dragon LNG have the support from us here at Sandy Bear. We wish them the best of luck.’

Alexis Fletcher, Dragon LNG’s Managing Director says ‘Sandy Bear was hugely popular in our annual selection for Charity of the Year.  It’s been inspiring to hear more about the impact that Karen and her team have in Pembrokeshire, so it’s no surprise that our challenge to get around the world in 80 days and raise money for Sandy Bear is gathering pace.’

The team at Dragon LNG have currently raised £270 of their £400 target.

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Mark Phillips takes on Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Sandy Bear

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Mark Phillips, a mental health support worker for Hafal, is taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge on the 16th of April 2022 to raise money for Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity. Supporting him on the day will be his girlfriend and daughter.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge involves taking on the peaks of Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, in the Pennine Range, in less than 12 hours. The route is around 24 miles long (38.6km) and includes an ascent of 1585m (5200ft).

Mark has previously taken on other physical challenges with the aim to raise money for charities including Pembrokeshire Guide Dogs and Diabetes UK.

Karen, Clinical Lead at Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity, says ‘We are really lucky to receive such support from our local community. We are really grateful of the support from Mark and wish him the best of luck during this challenge.’

Mark Phillips says, ‘I really enjoy challenging myself and like to keep fit by going walking. I was made aware of Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity from friends and thought why not take on the challenge and raise money for charity whilst I do it!’

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Dragon LNG helps to raise the profile of local children’s bereavement charity

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John Jones from Dragon LNG with Sandy Bear staff Karen, Anneline and Hannah

The staff and business partners at Dragon LNG have chosen Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity as their 2021 charity of the year. 

Sandy Bear offers one to one sessions and group events for children of all ages to help them understand their feelings and to realise they are not alone. They also offer support to these families to help them through their grief.

Ceri Crichton, Charity Development Lead for Sandy bear said ‘We are all thrilled to be voted Charity of the Year partner by Dragon LNG and look forward to working with the team over the coming months. The nomination will strengthen our ability to support bereaved children and young people across Pembrokeshire and in doing so, help them through the most challenging situation; the death of a loved one.’

Any child or young person can be referred to Sandy Bear by completing a form found on their website or by telephoning  01437 700272.

Lydia Uchronski, HR manager and chairperson for Dragon LNG’s Social and Wellbeing committee commented “We are very proud to be supporting Sandy Bear and the wonderful work that they do to support young people and families.  Dealing with the pain of bereavement is so hard at any stage of life, but for children to have to process such painful emotions is truly heartbreaking.  The support provided by Sandy Bear during these difficult times is both humbling and inspiring and we hope that our donations will help this essential service to continue to help those who need it in times of despair, to make their present a little easier and future a little brighter.’

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