Written by: B R
Last modified: 25th September 2017
FAMILY CHALLENGE WEEKEND 2017
On June 9th 2017, 100 children, their families and friends set off from Llanberis to climb Snowdon – an 8 mile climb with 1000m of ascent via the Llanberis path to raise money for OSCAR’s PBTC.
This was the first Family Challenge Weekend that we have organised, and it was sold out in just over a week. It was a resounding success, with Bear Grylls, Simon Mayo and other media getting behind the event too.
Even if the weather was probably the worst that the mountain could have thrown at us in summer, the children were amazing. On the morning we left, the weather forecast was for 80mph winds on the summit of Snowdon with driving rain and temperatures around 10 degrees C.
Working with a local company, Climb Snowdon who provided professional mountain guides, the event was always incredibly safe and well organised. Unfortunately due to safety concerns we were not able to summit, but the children and their families were able to get a high as was considered safe. Even the Snowdon rangers and an Everest summiteer agreed that they would go no further either.
We were so proud of all the children who showed amazing resilience in horrendous weather, and incredibly raised over £20k towards funding research into brain tumours in children.