Businessman Richard Hughes has undertaken his first-ever climb of Snowdon in support of a charity his Shropshire firm has taken under their wing for 12 months.
A partner of Chrisbeon, office furniture and stationery specialists with showrooms in Telford and Shrewsbury, Richard joined other climbers in support of the Climbing Out charity.
Sixty climbers tackled the highest mountain in Wales, 1,085m or 3,560ft above sea level, to raise funds for Climbing Out’s five day outdoor activity programmes.
Climbing Out was founded in 2010 by Kelda Wood after she suffered a serious leg injury that had a huge impact on her life.
As a Shropshire Chamber of Commerce Patron, Chrisbeon is supporting the charity for a 12 month period, assisting with networking and fundraising.
Of the Snowdon hike, Richard said today: “I have never done anything like this before, so it was quite a major step into the unknown.
“However, as a Climbing Out supporter for 12 months, I couldn’t refuse Kelda’s invitation to take part.
“The weather was quite bad with rain most of the day and high winds at the top, together with lots of fog which only cleared after coming back down after about an hour and a half.
They closed the railway and café at the top as the weather was very poor.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see very much on the climb, but I had a great day though and really enjoyed it for a great cause and so far have raised over £370.
“I would like to go up again when the weather is better and it is possible to see more of the beautiful scenery.”
In total the Snowdon climb has raised £7,000 towards the funding of five day Climbing Out programmes for young people overcoming a serious injury, illness or trauma.