A five-strong team from Sudbury supported living have raised £250 for charity after reaching the top of Welsh peak Pen Y Fan.
Support staff Ewa Jenkins and Emma Price took three of the people they support to tackle the walking challenge on Friday 20th September in support of charity Happy Days.
Karl Davies, Gareth Jackman and Natalie Bendle all live with complex needs at Sudbury in South Wales and had never tackled a climb like this before. However, despite the five hours hike to the top of Pen Y Fan and back down again, the trio amazed staff with their grit and determination.
For Ewa, who led the team alongside colleague Emma, it was an incredible experience to share.
Ewa said: “Before we started climbing, the guys were so excited to be embarking on a challenge like this. None of them has ever done anything like it before.
“As soon as we’d arrived at the end of the hike, Gareth asked me, ‘When can I do it again?’ and we all laughed. I know that Karl was really proud of himself for walking so far and up such a steep climb.
“It was incredible to see Natalie do so well as this was a very tough challenge for her and an incredible achievement. It’s great to know that we’ve raised money for such a worthy cause.”
The funds raised by the Pen Y Fan walkers will be donated to Swanton’s charity of the year, Happy Days. The money will be spent funding and hosting days out for children with complex needs. The trips include days out at the seaside, the theatre, sporting events, local attractions and all kinds of other experiences. The charity gives families the chance to take a break while Happy Days look after their children during special days out.