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Family who won competition gives up dream of living on an island

The family had a poor start on the island

by Hermeen Shahid

Family who won competition gives up dream of living on an island. The family had a poor start on the island.

Family who won a competition have given up their dream after arrival at the island when their 10-year-old son broke his leg. The five-member family beat 50 other competitors to work as wardens at the remote island in North Wales.

The 44-year-old farmer, with his 45-year-old wife and two children namely Sam,10, and Rowan, 12, were given the responsibility to spend three years on the Island off the Llyn Peninsula in Gwynedd.
10-year-old Sam fell off a rock, shortly after their arrival at the Island and consequently broke his leg. He was shifted to the hospital through an air ambulance accompanied by his mother but was discharged soon.

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However, Ned Scharer, the farmer, was left alone to manage the nature reserve, farm, and the bird observatory and lasted a little more than a month until he realized the task was way too much for him.

Mrs. Scharer said: “It was such a shame. But in the end, it made the decision to leave the island easier for us because we effectively had no choice. What happened was just one of those things. It could have happened anywhere.”

The Welsh Island

The island is nearly a mile long. It is known as the ‘Island of 20,000 saints’ but now it is famous for its rugged topography which attracts various wildlife species. Management of the island is in search of new wardens to take care of the island for the coming three years. They will be paid £16500 salary alongside free accommodation and numerous other benefits.

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However, candidates for the required task must be physically fit as the landscape hosts a rugged and wild topography. The aspiring candidates must be comfortable with a no-phone environment as well.

It is also believed that the island was once home to around 2500 Monks. Other historical figures such as King Arthur have also stayed here.

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