NEARLY £1000 has been raised for a fast expanding mental health charity after fundraisers trekked up Snowdon.

By Jill Dando News

The fundraisers raised £940 for the Burnham-on-Sea-based mental health charity, In Charley’s Memory.

The Somerset charity has expanded over the last few years with rises in demand for their services.

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales within the Snowdonia National Park, at 1,085 metres, and it is the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands.

Among those doing the trek is the charity leader Dawn Carey who spoke to Burnham-on-Sea.com at the end of the trek.

Click here to see their online fundraising page 

She said: “I have never in my life done anything as tough as that, every inch of my body aches and honestly at times I really thought I couldn’t go on, but we did it!

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“It is fair to say I completely underestimated how tough our Snowdon climb was going to be. I could cope with the early start, I could cope with the straight bits, but the incline and the terrain was something I did not expect.”

“Setting out at 2am meant that visibility at times was very poor, only seeing the rocks below our feet. After about 30 minutes, the wind picked up and I couldn’t catch my breath and a panic attack set in. After a short time to gather myself, we were off again.”

“By the half way mark, every inch of my body was aching, we were literally pulling ourselves up rocks. With lots of encouragement from Kerry, our guide, myself and Pauline set off for the final stretch. 

“We reached the summit in time for a beautiful sunrise, we stood with a picture of Charley and cried happy tears.

“Personally I found coming down a lot easier, but I think that was helped by the stunning views and the fact we were on the home stretch.”

“I feel an overwhelming sense of achievement and pride that we have not only raised vital funds for In Charley’s Memory but also raised awareness of the work we do.”

Personal trainer Ben Shillaker, who is also a trustee of the charity, led the group.

To see more about In Charley’s Memory click https://www.incharleysmemory.com

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