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Holyhead chimney stack demolition prize draw for charity

A unique prize draw has been launched to give a lucky member of the public the opportunity to bring down the landmark chimney stack at Prosperity Parc in Holyhead – whilst raising funds for the RNLI.

The prize draw winner, along with their friend or family member, will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the team at Stena and press the button to signal the demolition of the iconic chimney stack, witnessing the historic moment behind the scenes in real time.

Tickets will be on sale from today until next Monday (18 March), with all proceeds going towards the RNLI charity in memory of much-loved Holyhead RNLI volunteer crew member Iwan Williams, who passed away last year. The winner will be drawn early next week.

Iwan had been a volunteer with Holyhead RNLI since 1985 and is described by his fellow crew member as a ‘true gent’ and ‘dedicated lifeboatman’. The unique fundraiser is in memory of his long service and outstanding achievements and bravery as an RNLI volunteer.

Tony Price RNLI Coxswain at Holyhead said:

‘Iwan was steady and strong. For all his years, he gave over 100% to saving lives and helping others around our coastline. We are immensely grateful to Stena for giving us the opportunity to benefit from this unique fundraiser in his memory. The chimney stack really is an iconic building and we’re hoping local people will be keen to try their luck at winning the draw and being a part of history.’

Prosperity Parc is embarking on an exciting next chapter in its history as one of the key sites lying within the new Anglesey Freeport. Stena Line, the owners of Prosperity Parc, are working to draw up plans for a vibrant new future on Prosperity Parc, which will act as a hotbed of innovation, skilled jobs and global investment. Ahead of these plans, Prosperity Parc is being cleared to make way for new investment, the chimney removal is part of these works.

Ian Davies, Head of UK Port Authorities for Stena Line said:

‘This is a brilliant opportunity for communities across Anglesey to play their part in a historic moment for the island. The demolition of the chimney at Prosperity Parc marks an exciting next chapter in the development of the site, securing the site’s future and ensuring it is ready for the next generation of investment. I’m also delighted that all proceeds of the prize draw will be going to such a brilliant cause – as a proud seafarer myself and member of the RNLI for over 20 years, I know how important local lifeboat stations are to the safety of those at sea, and I wish all entrants the very best of luck.’

RNLI volunteer crew across four lifeboat stations on Anglesey; Trearddur Bay, Holyhead, Moelfre and Beaumaris are ready to save lives at sea 24/7. Their mission is to save everyone who finds themselves in trouble in the water, and to work with schools, businesses and community groups to inspire future generations and to provide education and water safety messaging to encourage safe enjoyment of our Anglesey coastline.

Every lifeboat launch, and every life saved, is only possible thanks to the generosity of RNLI supporters.

The prize draw closes at 9am on Monday 18 March and a single prize draw entry starts from just £3. Entrants to the draw must be 18 years-old or over, but the winning entrant can bring a friend or family member to accompany them to the event (this person can be under 18).

Entry Options

  • £3 – One Prize Entry
  • £5 – Two Prize Entries
  • £10 – Five Prize Entries
  • £25 – Fifteen Prize Entries
  • £50 – Thirty Five Prize Entries
  • £100 – Eighty Prize Entries
  • Postal Entry (Free Entry)

To enter, please visit: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/holyhead-chimney-stack-prize-draw