One of our councillors will be tackling 2,000 miles across Europe in a fundraising bid for a “vital” Welsh charity.

And his fuel costs will be covered by a local cooking oil firm.

Cllr Paul Pemberton will be tackling a 2,000 mile route from Rhosllanerchrugog to Benidorm in Spain, competing against more than 40 other vehicles along the way.


His route will see him take in France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy, before curving back towards Spain along the Côte d’Azur and towards Benidorm via Barcelona and Valencia.

And he’ll be doing the whole thing in a 2004 Ford Mondeo.

His charity challenge will take place in support of Wales Air Ambulance – one of the charities which has been backed by Mayor Cllr Andy Williams during his time as Mayor.

Cllr Pemberton’s fundraiser has already received more than £2,000 in donations from individuals, groups and companies in Wrexham.

One of the companies which has backed his efforts is Fry Fresh Edible Oils Ltd, based on the Vauxhall Industrial Estate.

The firm offered to cover Cllr Pemberton’s fuel costs for the long journey to Benidorm.

Cllr Pemberton said: “I’m incredibly grateful to Fry Fresh for their offer – with something like this when we’re looking to cross a continent, fuel is obviously one of our biggest costs, so to have a sponsor like them covering our fuel costs is a very generous commitment on their part, and it means we can put even more money towards Wales Air Ambulance.”

Cllr Williams said: “I was very pleased to visit Fry Fresh with Cllr Pemberton, and thank them for their generous donation towards his efforts.

“I chose Wales Air Ambulance as one of the charities to support during my time as Mayor as they provide a vital service alongside our emergency services, and the importance of the work they do cannot be overstated.

“As such, I’m pleased with the support shown to Cllr Pemberton’s fundraising drive, and would like to thank all those who’ve donated thus far.”

To back Cllr Pemberton’s fundraiser, visit his JustGiving page.

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