P&A Group Marathon team

Nine employees from the P&A Group will be taking on the Manchester Marathon on Sunday 14th April to raise funds for the company’s chosen charity of the year, North East Wales Mind.

Steve Morgan, P&A Group Managing Director commented:

“I am thrilled to announce the team’s enthusiastic participation in the upcoming Manchester Marathon. It is a powerful testament to our commitment to raising awareness of mental health issues as we support North East Wales Mind as our chosen charity this year.”

The team is made up of people from across the business, including Hazel Bainbridge, Andrew Baker, Iwan Gwyn, Ben Morgan, Richard Shaw and Reza Yaghoubi. They will be joined by Pawel Czapiewski, Krzysztof Narloch and Jan Wardyn representing one of Zest’s Polish partner companies.

P&A Group Marathon Preparation


Andrew Baker, experienced marathon runner and Director of Finance at P&A Group commented:

“Completing the marathon distance takes a great deal of mental and physical stamina but our mission is about more than that; it’s about fostering a community of support, understanding, and compassion. We firmly believe that spending time with others, immersing ourselves in the great outdoors, and engaging in physical activity are not just hobbies but essential tools in our arsenal against the struggles of mental health.”

Commenting on the forthcoming event, Iwan Gwyn Woodworks Garden Centre manager (part of the P&A Group) said:

“We’re all really looking forward to the event and raising as much money as we can for North East Wales Mind.  In a world where the importance of mental well-being cannot be overstated, we believe it’s crucial to come together and shine a spotlight on the significance of supporting one another’s mental health journeys. That’s why we’re lacing up our running shoes, ready to hit the pavement and make a difference. The Manchester Marathon isn’t going to be easy– but we’ve got a great team spirit and I know that we’ll keep each other going until we all cross the finish line.”

Hazel Bainbridge, P&A Group HR Director, added:

“This will be my very first marathon so it will be a big ask but it’s no comparison to the daily battle of living with mental distress.  It’s important to do more to remove the stigma and silence that surrounds mental well-being and make it easy to talk about our mental health so supporting the work that North East Wales Mind do is worth the effort. We hope to turn every step of the 26.2 miles into a beacon of hope, inspiring others to prioritise their mental well-being and embrace the transformative power of connection and movement.”

North East Wales Mind helps people in Flintshire and Wrexham recover from mental health problems and stay emotionally healthy. In addition to telephone counselling and emotional support, the charity offers a range of online services and activities. Their phone lines are open 10am til 4pm each weekday.

The P&A Group comprises Zest Outdoor Living, a leading supplier of award winning timber garden products, the award winning Woodworks Garden Centre and Café in Mold, P&A Pallets & Packaging and St Andrews Business Centre for leased and virtual offices.

To donate to North East Wales Mind, please click here