To mark their 60th and 40th birthdays, Paul Williams and Richard Hastings of Llandudno decided to take on the UK Three Peaks challenge.
Accompanied by their friends and family; Shaun Taylor, Douglas Parkinson, Becca Cross and Liam Taylor, they climbed to the top of Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales, in 24 hours.
The challenge event on Saturday, June 8th raised funds for St David’s Hospice in memory of Nicky Jones, Aunty of Rhian Hastings. Through the kind support of friends and family, the team raised £2883.57.
Richard Hastings (Rhian’s husband) said:
“We all found the challenge hard, Ben Nevis broke us all and we still had to more mountains to climb! I would definitely do it again, as would Dougie and Becca. I’m not sure the others are keen though! We are considering another challenge first before tackling it again.
“My wife’s auntie passed away at the Hospice in 2013, and I think each of us undertaking the task has lost someone close due to cancer. I myself lost my dad, so seems fitting to support our local hospice. A resource we are so lucky to have on our doorstep.”
For some, it was their first time summiting Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike. They experienced a variety of weather conditions including heavy downpours, cold winds and the sun shining on Snowdon as they finished their challenge.
Hospice Conwy Area Fundraiser, James Wilde said:
“To take on one mountain is a feat in itself, to take on three in a row is a phenomenal achievement and something all involved should be really proud of.
“The funds and awareness raised will go a long way towards the care and support offered to patients and their families here at St David’s Hospice.”
If you would like to become a ‘Hospice Hero’ and organise a fundraising challenge for St David’s Hospice please contact the Fundraising Team on 01492 873664.