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Bristol City staff to take on Pen Y Fan challenge

18 April 2024 CHSW Fundraising

Staff from Bristol City Football Club are to climb up a Welsh mountain to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

Head coach Liam Manning and members of his backroom staff will be taking part in the ‘10 y Fan’ challenge which sees participants climb Pen Y Fan up to 10 times in 24 hours.

Pen Y Fan stands at 2,907 ft and is the highest peak in South Wales and at 6pm on Saturday 11 May, 10 City staff members will start the challenge which finishes 24 hours later.

All proceeds from the sponsored challenge will go to CHSW’s Charlton Farm children’s hospice, which provides the highest level of care, clinical expertise and enrichment opportunities for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Since 2016, City have had a relationship with CHSW, with regular visits from the squad to Charlton Farm and various fundraising events over the years including the 1894 challenge of 2020, which saw more than £2,000 raised for the charity.

Head Coach Liam said: After visiting Charlton Farm in December as part of our Christmas visit, so many of the staff and players were touched by what a special place Charlton Farm is.

“We knew immediately we wanted to do something to help and the 10 y fan challenge is just one small way we can raise funds and raise awareness for the charity.”

The team will be joined by Bristol actor and Radio Bristol breakfast show presenter Joe Sims.

He joked: “I know it’s going to be a tough challenge.

Bristol City FC squad visit Charlton Farm

“And I am wondering which one I am going to eat first if it all goes wrong.

“Seriously though, knowing that every step we take for such an incredible charity will be motivation enough to keep us all focused.”

CHSW Area Fundraiser for Bristol, Amanda Leonard, said: “We truly value the teams continued support in so many ways and to be their chosen charity as they embark on the gruelling 10y fan challenge next month to raise much needed funds for our care is just another illustration of our wonderful partnership.”

The challenge follows a visit to Charlton Farm this month by the squad who handed out signed shirts and Bristol City Football Club goodies before enjoying a kick about on the lawn with children and families.

Amanda continued: It was incredible to see so many Bristol City FC players and staff members take time out of their schedules to visit us at Charlton Farm and help to create special memories, it really did make the children’s day.


“I’m sure the team enjoyed meeting our families and to have a kick about on the lawn when the sun came out was the icing on the cake. 

Anyone wanting to support the Bristol City team in its Pen Y Fan challenge can visit