We did it! On Saturday, the 30th of September, a team of us climbed Mount Snowdon — in forty-mile-an-hour winds, driving rain and very cold conditions — to raise funds for Katharine House Hospice. The weather was horrendous. And although Perry wore summer shorts and Laura put her hand in poo, we all got to the top and back down again in one piece — albeit cold, wet and windswept.
Our finance director Nicola said: ‘It was more of a challenge than I ever expected, especially given the weather conditions, but it was an amazing sense of achievement when we reached the top and actually really good fun’.
The day kicked off at 6 am as we travelled to Wales and started our climb at 9 am. We reached the summit at around 12:30 pm, where we spent quite a long time huddled up and thawing out in the café at the top. Nobody was keen to leave the shelter of the café to start the treacherous descent down the mountain. But we pushed on. Even though it was a long and soggy day, there were plenty of giggles and smiles along the way, and we’re incredibly proud to have raised £788 for a wonderful hospice.
About Katharine House Hospice
Katharine House Hospice: Stafford provides free vital care services to enable patients with illnesses that cannot be cured to live their lives as fully as possible and make the most of the time they have. The hospice cares for people with life-limiting conditions across mid-Staffordshire from their 8-bed in-patient unit, Lymphoedema Clinic, and patients' homes. They also provide well-being services and carer support.
Bryan, from our warehouse, said: ‘It was beautiful going up the mountain, and some of the scenery was amazing. But going down again was pure hell! The wind was nearly knocking us off our feet. Nevertheless, the day was great and an amazing experience.’
The ZEROplus climbing team is now discussing tackling Scafell Pike next year. Watch this space!