Bradford charity moves mountains and raises £4,000 for charity


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LONG WAY UP: The picturesque Mt Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales with an elevation of over 1,000m

LONG WAY UP: The picturesque Mt Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales with an elevation of over 1,000m

Snowdon conquered!

A group of treacherous trekkers took to the mountains of Snowdonia last weekend as they faced off against Wales’ highest climb in the name of charity.

In total, 47 fundraisers from the InTouch Foundation laced up their hiking boots as they conquered Mount Snowdon’s peak.

Facing wintry weather conditions and slippery surfaces, the team raised over £4,000 from their latest charity  

MOUNTAINEERS: 47 fundraisers took on the Snowdon Challenge for the InTouch Foundation

MOUNTAINEERS: 47 fundraisers took on the Snowdon Challenge for the InTouch Foundation

Amongst the walkers on the day was InTouch volunteer, Aamir Akhtar.

Despite aching from head-to-toe for two days after the event, the accountant-by-trade says he would do it all over again in a heartbeat to help raise funds for the local cause.

“It was the first time I have done something like this and it was an exhilarating experience,” he said.

“A lot of training went into it but I don’t think anything could really prepare us for what we faced.

FUNDRAISER: Amongst the group of trekkers was Aamir Akhtar

FUNDRAISER: Amongst the group of trekkers was Aamir Akhtar

“The weather was really dangerous at points, with the snow and slippery surfaces, but we all stuck together to complete the challenge.”

Explaining why he enrolled on the latest InTouch charity fundraiser, Aamir added that it was both a personal and humanitarian challenge.

“InTouch provide a service to those in need which is extremely important,” he said.

“Not only do they support those most vulnerable but they help provide that essential meal that everyone is entitled to but not everyone gets.”

Aamir was joined on the day by a number of InTouch personnel including ambassador, Adil Anwar.

The boxing champ from Leeds said it was events like these, by charities such as InTouch, which ‘really puts things into perspective’.

“It makes you appreciate things even more,” he added.

Many fundraisers were taking part in the climb for the first time whilst others had previously completed the trek with InTouch last year.

Sam Naaz, InTouch Bradford Volunteer co-ordinator, was one of the returning group members and says the walk proved even more difficult this year.

She said: “This was the hardest climb we have done but it was amazing to see how everyone pulled together to support each other.

“They all loved it.”

DANGEROUS: The walk involved trekking through icy and snowy conditions

DANGEROUS: The walk involved trekking through icy and snowy conditions

 

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