Taking on the Snowdon Midnight Challenge for Alzheimer’s Society
Laura Mills our Customer Relations Manager at Lyncroft Care Home in Wisbech tells us why she’ll be pulling on her walking boots in the middle of the night to trek up Mount Snowdon!
I came to work for Country Court Care in September 2017; this was my first experience in a care home environment and what an eye-opening experience it has been! I have met some amazing people who live and work in our care homes. From housekeeping teams, to catering staff, carers and nurses, I have a huge amount of respect for the long hours and often difficult duties our staff undertake.
The biggest thing for me is seeing how many people, both residents, and their family members, are affected by Dementia. This is one of the hardest things I have ever seen. Watching daughters visit their mothers and them not know who they are, Husbands no longer recognising wives and so on, it’s truly humbling to witness.
Despite having Fibromyalgia and arthritis in both feet and ankles, I decided I wanted to raise money and awareness for this cruel disease that affects so many and for so long. So together with some colleagues, I am taking part in the Snowdon Midnight Challenge on the 7th of June. It’s not going to be easy, but I will be on my belly if that’s what it takes to get up that mountain!
We’ll be trekking through the night to the summit of Wales tallest mountain, following the Llanberis path which shadows the route of the Snowdon Mountain Railway. On reaching the peak (after taking in the surroundings) we’ll be making our way down as the sun rises for a slap-up cooked breakfast. Standing at the summit by moonlight will be an unforgettable experience, as will seeing the sunrise from the mountain slopes.
I hope that a little effort on my part will make a difference, bearing in mind many of the residents in our homes have lived through two world wars, seen prime ministers come and go, huge changes to our monarchy, this effort on my part is nothing compared with what they have experienced in their lives.
So, I will be donning a backpack and walking boots with fellow colleagues, Lucy and Belinda, on this big night and hoping to raise as much as possible to support the fantastic work of Alzheimer’s Society.
Wish us luck!