High Sheriff calls for support following round-Anglesey walk

A very big “Thank You” to all who have supported The Walk with your very generous sponsorship. Your money will go a long way to helping Anglesey’s vulnerable young people, and you will be able hear more about this through our website in due course.

Anglesey’s High Sheriff, Professor Robin Grove-White, completed his 125-mile fund-raising trek around the Anglesey Coastal Footpath with a call for further support for the campaign on behalf of the island’s young unemployed.

The 71-year-old, formerly Chairman of Greenpeace UK and Director of Lancaster University’s Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, said the 15-day walk had been ‘an exhilarating experience’. He was accompanied by his artist wife, Helen. More than 600 individuals and groups joined them at various stages of ‘The Walk’, over the last two weeks of March. These included Albert Owen MP, Ieuan Wyn Jones AM, several Judges, supporters, friends, numerous voluntary organisations and groups of unemployed young people.

“The public response has already been terrific. We are two-thirds of the way to our target of £25,000, to enable us to fund third sector initiatives to help the island’s young people. I’d like to thank the many folk who have supported us in what’s a real community initiative,” said Professor Grove-White.

The purpose of The Walk has been to draw attention to the problems now facing many young people on the island, and to raise funds for the local organisations who are able to create new opportunities for them and increase their self-confidence.

“More assistance is needed. During the course of ‘The Walk’, I’ve been struck by the contrasting experiences of people living in different parts of the island. Whilst a majority of us are leading comfortable lives taking advantage of Anglesey’s beautiful surroundings, there are worsening pockets of disadvantage in towns and villages where unemployment is most serious,” said Robin.

The High Sheriff’s charity Crimebeat, with expert advice, will allocate the funds to charities and other innovative bodies on the island that really understand the issues through their hands-on experience.

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The High Sheriff is a 1000-year-old unpaid office, standing for justice and good citizenship within a county. It has strong historical links with the judiciary. A new High Sheriff is appointed by the Privy Council each year for every county in England and Wales.

The High Sheriff for Gwynedd (including Anglesey) 2011/12 was Professor Robin Grove-White, who lives at Brynddu in Llanfechell, Anglesey, formerly the residence of his ancestor, the celebrated eighteenth-century diarist, William Bulkeley.

Professor Robin Grove-White finished his term of office as The High Sheriff for Gwynedd (including Anglesey) on 31 March 2012, just as the walk was completed. He will continue to be involved in the High Sheriff’s charity Crimebeat.