Thirty St David’s Hospice supporters took part in a Snowdon Sunrise Challenge last month conquering the highest mountain in England and Wales in the dark.

The group, which started at 1.45am, climbed Snowdon via Llanberis Path reaching the summit in time for a view of a stunning sunrise.

After returning to the base of the mountain, the walkers were rewarded with a full cooked breakfast at the Padarn Hotel and a medal to celebrate their achievement.

Elaine Beech from Llandudno took part in the Sunrise challenge in memory of her friend Jane Huxley. She said:

“It was an amazing event and a once in a lifetime experience. It was hard, but walking in memory of my best friend Jane made sure that I pushed through to the top.

“I hope the money I raised provides the best care possible for the patients and families who are cared for in St David’s Hospice.”

This was the second Snowdon Sunrise Challenge. Over the two years, more than 100 people have walked up Snowdon through the night in support of their local Hospice. Although sponsorship is still coming in, the event has raised over £4300 so far.

Hospice Conwy Area Fundraiser, James Wilde thanks everyone who took part in the Snowdon Sunrise Challenge and also said:

“It was a challenge, not only to walk up the mountain but to stay awake at that time of the morning!

“Thank you to Raw Adventures for leading the walk during the evening and keeping everyone motivated along the way. The money raised will make a massive difference to the care we offer here at St David’s Hospice.”

The St David’s Hospice fundraising team organise various sponsored challenges throughout the year, with the next event the Llyn three day challenge taking place on 5th, 6th and 7th July.

The walking challenge follows three consecutive routes along the Llyn Peninsula coastal path. Each day is in the region of 13 miles along gruelling terrain. Participants are invited to take part for one day or all three.

For further information about the Llyn Walking Challenge go to