11 Teenagers from Powys tackled the famous Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge in 1 day in memory of their best friend Tom Baxter, who sadly passed away earlier this year, and raised an incredible £3,914 for Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales.
Tom’s younger brother James, who has cerebral palsy, attends the Bobath Centre in Whitchurch, and Mr and Mrs Baxter chose this particular charity in memory of their son as ‘it was clear how much Tom loved his little brother James’
Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales provides specialist therapy and treatment to children across Wales who have cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is the most common disability in children and affects an estimated 1,800 children in Wales. The charity not only supports the children but gives families practical advice and emotional support if they need it.
With no training or preparation, the group of 11 young men from Crickhowell High School decided to tackle the 3 peaks challenge and set up a fundraising page with a target of £500… by the time they checked the page the next morning they had already almost doubled that fundraising target.
“We kept raising the fundraising target and people kept donating” said Tom Powell-Morris “It was amazing to see how much people thought of Tom and how everyone came together to raise an amazing amount of money for Bobath Wales.”
The team started the day at 5am in the dark to climb Snowdon, reaching the peak just after 7.30am. Cadar Idris, the second mountain was the hardest climb for the team as they reached the summit during the peak heat of the day and the effect of waking up at 3am to start the challenge was beginning to catch up with them. However the group soldiered on to Pen-y-Fan, the final challenge of the day.
“Once we reached the peak of Pen-y-Fan we could finally take everything in” recalls Tom “We were so proud to have completed this challenge in memory of our best friend. We would all like to thank everyone who has donated and supported us through this extremely hard time, from friends, colleagues and all the staff at Crickhowell High School”
This year the charity needs to raise £1.5 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.
Rachel Morgan, Head of Income Generation at Bobath Wales, would like to congratulate everyone who took part in this incredible challenge “The group’s achievement – in terms of both the climbing challenge and their fundraising – is truly remarkable. We are incredibly grateful to each of them, and to everybody who supported them.”