The British Ironworks Centre raise funds for British Heart Foundation

PUBLISHED: 15:49 24 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:59 24 May 2013

Newtown triathlon.
Fronm back, Ben Knowles and Tom Rogers, from the British Ironwork Centre, near Oswestry.

Newtown triathlon. Fronm back, Ben Knowles and Tom Rogers, from the British Ironwork Centre, near Oswestry. P


The British Ironworks Centre, recent winners of the Chronicle Business Awards, for Community Champion, are as busy as ever, with their fundraising & community work.

The company who are based in Aston, Oswestry have recently completed the Montgomery Canal Triathlon, raising much needed funds for the British Heart Foundation in the town. The Triathlon, which took place at the beginning of may, was a gruelling 30 miles race, which included 10 miles in the saddle, 10 miles in a canoe, and the last 10 miles on foot. The day dawned cold and wet, and was destined to get wetter when an indignant swan, attacked the three man crew in the canal, capsizing them before swimming away. After several cups of hot tea and a brief rest, the team continued on foot through a steady downpour, to finish the day shattered, bone cold but extremely proud.

They are now planning to complete the Shrewsbury Half Marathon, in June, but are hoping for some sunshine, to help them on their way.

The Company have also recently embarked on the start of the Oswestry Safari Trail with the installation of a stunning iron sculpture of St Oswald’s Eagle, sited at the historic Well next to the Marches School. Standing at nearly nine feet tall, it’s a fitting tribute to the legend which gave the town its name.

The Marches school is also now proud recipients of a magnificent Silverback Gorilla, which has been placed outside the school entrance, in Morda Road. The huge Silverback, supplied by the Ironworks Centre will also form part of the Safari Trail, which is hoping to bring hundreds of visitors to the town this year.

There are also plans afoot, to join forces with the very worthy Derwen College, in Gobowen, by supplying items and products to assist with the education and development of its pupils working within the Arts and crafts Department.

The goods will be donated by the Ironworks Centre, partially finished and ready for painting or decorating. All items can then be finished by the students and sold, with all proceeds going back into college funds.

Company boss Mr Clive knowles, who himself took part in the Triathlon, along with son Ben and employee Tom Rogers, is always pleased to hear from anyone in the community who may need help or support to achieve a worthy goal.

“We as a company are constantly striving to give the very best we can to our public, if we can help others realise their dream along the way, then that just makes it all the more worthwhile.

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