IT HAS been a year since the first lockdown and still Llandudno’s mountain goats continue to delight people all over the world as they cause mischief with their antics.
March 2020 saw the first filming of the goat’s antics which went viral overnight. They roamed the streets of Llandudno and ‘took over the streets’.
St David’s Hospice had to cancel all their fundraising events and their charity shops and cafe temporarily closed due to Covid restrictions.
The charity took inspiration from the goats and created a t-shirt, which depicted an image of the goats walking across the Beatles Abbey Road zebra crossing, connecting it to Abbey Road – the location of the Llandudno Hospice.
Over summer 2020, the adult hospice sold more than 8,000 t-shirts via its online shop. £115,000 was raised and the t-shirts hit headlines across regional, national and international media.
Twelve-months on and the hospice have a whole range of Great Orme goat merchandise.
Two new soft toys have been introduced (a nanny and kid to accompany last year’s Mostyn the goat), a new t-shirt has been designed as well as tea towels and mugs.
Andy Everley, head of fundraising, said: “Our local Great Orme goats continue keep us company in the grounds at St David’s Hospice on Abbey Rd, Llandudno.
“They are a joy to see, and we will be forever grateful for the presence of these animals. They are the inspiration for merchandise which continues to raise funds for end-of- life care in North West Wales.”
“We have responded to our supporters and have introduced lots of new designs to our online shop, along with a new look goat character for all to enjoy.”
Throughout the pandemic, St David’s Hospice clinical team continued to provide 24-hour clinical service alongside emotional, physical and spiritual support free of charge to the people of North West Wales.
The money raised through the St David’s Hospice Great Orme goat merchandise goes to people from the area in need of end-of-life care and their families.