The Country Court Care trekking teams have returned safely from their adventures on Mount Snowdon, raising over £3600 between them for Alzheimer’s Society.
A team of five from Beech Lodge Nursing Home in Holbeach successfully completed the daytime trek on Friday afternoon, raising over £2000 from sponsorship and donations. Danielle, Sarah, Kayleigh, Belinda, and Jodie travelled to Snowdonia together and their team spirit kept them going along the way.
“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and I thought it had beaten me at times.” Said Jodie, Care Assistant at Beech Lodge “I’m the most unfit person I know and I’m feeling it today. But it was worth it. Every penny is appreciated”.
“I’m amazed and so proud of us all,” said Sarah, Activities Coordinator at Beech Lodge “we have a sponsorship form at work for residents families to sponsor us and we have one at the Church where we go for community lunch and they have all been very generous. One of my daughters even took a form to ‘show and tell’ at school last week too”.
The trekkers followed the Llanberis Path, which roughly shadows the route of the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in England and Wales at 1085m, its Welsh name is Yr Wyddfa, reputedly the burial place of a mythical giant.
The second team set off at midnight in torrential rain and high winds, soaked to the skin but determined to keep going they reached the highest point at 2 am. The adverse weather conditions meant that no-one on the midnight trek was able to go all the way to the summit. The organisers took the difficult decision to cut the trek short about ½ mile from the top, putting safety first.
The unprecedented conditions meant the visibility was down to a few meters in places and the route was very slippery underfoot.
“The low cloud was very disorientating making difficult to see the path, and the rain was blowing straight into your face on the descent!” said Lucy, Marketing Manager at Country Court Care “It was definitely a challenge.”
There was a great sense of camaraderie and positivity from everyone taking part and no one let the rain dampen their spirits. The Country Court Care team returned to the start point at around 4 am and celebrated their achievement with a well-earned bacon butty and cup of tea.
“We do so much in our care homes to care for our beautiful souls living with Dementia and the families affected,” said Laura, Customer Relations Manager at Country Court Care “The money raised by the Alzheimer’s Society means they can continue to offer support and carry out vital research. We can all make a difference.”
“There were around 150 people on the midnight trek, raising over £90,000 between. Seeing so many people making their way up the mountain by torchlight for such a great cause was a sight that none of us will forget.” Said Lucy.
The Alzheimer's Society run many organised fundraising events including Treks in the UK and abroad, you can find out more about Trekking here: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/events-and-fundraising/join-event/trekking