A BARRY grocery store manager has begun a series of 30 challenges to celebrate her 30th birthday and raise £6189 – marking her date of birth.

Zoe Selby, 30, who manages the Colcot Road Co-op, is hoping to support charities which include Welsh Hearts, Cardiff Dogs home, Barry Round Table, Wales Air Ambulance and AP Cymru.

Two challenges in – raising £171 for Ty Hafan doing the New Year’s Day Swim and doing an eight lap, 10-mile walk around Roath Park – she hopes people will support her efforts in the remaining 28 this year.

Mrs Selby said: “It’s my way of giving back to the community and encouraging people to try new things, meet new people and celebrate. It’s going to keep me busy all year.”

Her father died suddenly three years ago and her nan, to whom she was close, died suddenly in February last year.

“My nan was a huge fan of all the charity work, volunteering and fundraising I’ve done over the years,” she said. “I completed my 10th Macmillan coffee morning last year. She loved it when I organised things. After she passed away I lost myself a lot and was ready to give up on everything I enjoyed. I wanted to get my spark back. Then I had this idea to complete my 30th charity challenge.”

She next plans a day at Upside Down circus before a pub quiz, bingo night, Snowdon zip line, bungee jump, car wash, raffle, bake sale, dress up day, silence, Brecon Three Peaks, stationary bike ride. She will give up something for a month, organise a 1950s tea party, hold a coffee morning, auction, and do a wing walk, paraglide, and bounceathon.

“I’m most nervous about the bungee. It’s the only thing out all the things I’ve done or thought of doing that actually scares me a little. I’m excited for every event and the achievement of completing them, meeting new people.”

To support, donate in the Colcot Road Co-op or visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/zoe30thcharitychallenge