A team of 15 workers from Just Retirement in Reigate, Surrey, is raising thousands of pounds for Alzheimer’s Research UK by climbing Mount Snowdon.
At 1,085 metres above sea level, climbing the highest mountain in Wales is no mean feat.
But the group has decided to take on the challenge on 18 March to raise as much money as possible for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity.
While climbing Snowdon, which is the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands, the group will take on the Pyg Track before heading onto the Miners’ Track.
Most of the group are part of the retirement planning service department at Just Retirement, which is a corporate partner of Alzheimer’s Research UK specialising in helping people achieve better retirements.
Between them they have already smashed their fundraising target of £2,500, raising more than £3,000 to date.
Andrew Skinner, Retirement Co-ordinator at Just Retirement, came up with the idea and helped to organise the event with the help of his colleagues.
“We do daily 2.5k walks up hills around Reigate to keep up fitness levels and we took a vote as to which charity we were going to pick for the challenge.
“We chose Alzheimer’s Research UK for the fantastic work the charity does to help defeat dementia.
“It was voted in for an array of reasons from personal to the fact it’s just a great cause. We’re all looking forward to the challenge.”
Those taking part include Andrew Skinner, Ashley Parsons, Jack Boon, Elizabeth Flintham, Sarra Slegg, Dominic Carroll, Lauren Keating, Nina Marcazzo, Shane Nash, Riccardo Mantio, Emma Brinkworth, Shannah Sterling, John Beech, Helen Gabriel and Duncan Munns.
The group estimate that it will take them three hours to get to the top and three hours to get back down.
Rebecca Futrall, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“It is so wonderful to see such a huge group of work colleagues get together to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
“We couldn’t be more grateful to Just Retirement for everything they’re doing. The money will go towards our scientists’ pioneering research to find treatments and preventions for dementia.
“We couldn’t do it without such wonderful supporters.”
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