After a discussion with a friend one evening over the possibility of climbing Snowdonia, David Jones decided to not only climb Snowdonia but triple the challenge and take on the famous Welsh 3 Peaks.
He quickly managed to form a team of 11 friends and chose to do it in aid of Bobath Wales, a charity that works to improve the lives of children across Wales who have cerebral palsy.
The team (consisting of David and his friends Andrew Jones, Rhys Roberts, Rhys James, Elin Williams, Aled Davies, Fion Davies, Cerith Davies, Hywel Davies, Tim Dewick and Sam Roberts) spent their weekends hiking up the likes of Pen y Fan, The Sugar Loaf in Abergavenny and Llyn y Fan alongside putting the hours in cycling and running to ensure their fitness levels were up for challenge.
On the 25th May the team assembled at 3am to start the first climb up to the foggy summit of Snowdonia at 4.30am. By 10.30 the team were already at Cadair Idris ready for what would be the most difficult climb of the day. The climb up took almost 5 hours and by the time they returned to travel down to Pen y Fan, the team were suffering from numerous blisters and cramped muscles. They reached the summit of Pen y Fan at around 8pm, completing the 3 Peaks challenge in an impressive 16 hours.
“Everyone felt exhausted but they were absolutely over the moon to complete such a difficult challenge in aid of Bobath Wales” exclaimed David Jones. “The mental and physical determination of everyone involved is to be commended… each team member walked over 60,000 steps on the day and burnt off a whopping 5000-6000 calories. What made it worth the while was that we were doing it for such a great cause”
This year the charity needs to raise £1.8 million. Over three quarters of this total comes from fundraising activity, which is why taking part in fundraising events such as the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge plays a vital role in ensuring the charity can continue the work they do to improve the quality of life of children across Wales who have cerebral palsy.
Together, the team collectively raised over £2000 for Bobath Wales and Rachel Morgan, Head of Income Generation, would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the event. “Thank you to each and every member of the team who spent hours training and fundraising for this event. Your achievement is remarkable! We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took part, and everyone who supported them.”
If you are feeling inspired by the ‘Dai’s 3 Peaks Challenge’ and would like to take on your own personal challenge in aid of Bobath Wales, however big or small, please get in touch with our friendly fundraising team on 02920 522600 to discuss your ideas.