11 year old best friends, Edward and Alex took on a mountain of a challenge – climbing Mount Snowdon!
Alex’s Gran spent time being cared for in a hospice in Scotland and although a very sad time, the hospice and the people who worked there were very warm, friendly and kind.
Alex and Edward’s parents then made them aware of Myton, being their local hospice.
Edward and Alex said:
Our parents told us about the wonderful work hospices do to look after people who are coming to the end of their lives and enable them to spend their final days in a lovely environment, where they can be with their families.
We know that hospices need lots of money to be able to provide the help they provide and rely on people fundraising and making donations.
However, Edward and Alex’s connection to Myton runs a little deeper.
We chose to raise money for Myton because our lovely Year 3 teacher, Mrs Appleyard, spent time being cared for there before she sadly died in 2022.
Mrs Appleyard was the most wonderful, kind and caring teacher and we loved her.
We wanted to do something in her memory, which is why we chose Myton.
Inspired by their Year 6 school residential trip to Plas y Brenin in Snowdonia, where they did lots of activities including hill walking, the pair absolutely loved the trip and saw Mount Snowdon from a distance, thinking it looked quite daunting.
However, when discussing what fundraising they wanted to do, their parents told them to choose something that would be a big challenge for them to complete.
This is why we chose to return to Snowdonia and tackle the big one!
Unfortunately, they had to delay their trip by a day due to bad weather. However, this worked in their favour as they enjoyed blue skies and sunshine the whole way up and down the mountain.
We decided to walk up the PYG track because people had told us that the views would be spectacular.
It was really, really hard work but it was made easier by all the kind people we met along the way.
We met a lovely Welsh yoga group who were also making the climb and they gave us so many lovely words of encouragement. They even sponsored us while we were on the mountain and gave us a massive cheer and round of applause when we reached the summit.
We felt so proud of ourselves - and our dads! The whole climb took 6 hours and we spent an hour at the top, enjoying the views and eating our picnic.
This was definitely the best part of the day (well that and snacking on the masses of sweets our mums had packed for us ... oh and taking our boots off when we got back to the car!).
Setting themselves a target of £200, the boys absolutely smashed their goal and raised an amazing £1,645!
We were so shocked to learn how much money we had raised for Myton and would like to thank everyone who so generously sponsored us; this really spurred us on!
We think Alex and Edward are absolute superstars! We are so grateful for their amazing support and can’t thank their community enough for their incredible support too!