Friday 8th July, 2016

Welsh mountain trekkers raise £12,000

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Romsey Mill's team of 15 trekkers, who took on a Welsh mountain challenge at the end of June have raised £12,000 towards the charity's work with disadvantaged children, young people and families.

Teams comprising and volunteers walked over Snowdonia’s highest peaks to help raise much needed funds to support the work of Romsey Mill. Each year, the charity works with 3,500 children, young people and families, in and around Cambridge, many of whom are facing significant challenges in their lives.

One group of five trekkers successfully took on the complete Welsh 3000s Mountain Challenge route in one go; starting at first light and walking 35 miles, scaling all 15 Welsh mountains over 3,000ft, in just 18hours!  

Poor weather conditions and time pressures meant that the groups taking on the 2-day trek were not able to reach the top of every summit; but were instead completed various bespoke challenges set by their mountain guides – including tough climbs and ridge walks.

Romsey Mill’s Chief Executive, Neil Perry – who was one of the trekkers said: “There was a great team spirit in evidence. We held on to the rock through bad weather and reached considerable heights. The achievement of the 5 guys who trekked non-stop from dawn until nightfall, in appalling weather, was amazing!”

Neil added: “I want to  say a big “Thank you”  to those who have sponsored us, for their support, which will help Romsey Mill to continue to be with young people, children and families through the highs and the lows, particularly in the tough life-challenges that they face.”

People who made onine donations to the team of trekkers helped to raise over £10,000 directly; and additional sponsorship from local companies Johnson Matthey (Royston); and Open Air (Green St., Cambridge), pushed the figure towards £12,000.

If anyone would like to add to the amount raised, you can make a donation on Romsey Mill’s online giving page: