Weston-super-Mare group conquer three peaks for Aunty Ruth
PUBLISHED: 19:00 10 July 2017
A team of Westonians hiked the three peaks of the UK to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.
Cathryn Bond, aged 46, and five of her close friends and family climbed Ben Nevis, in Scotland, Mount Snowdon, in Wales, and Scafell Pike, in England, in just 24 hours to raise money and awareness for Spinal Unit Action Group (SUAG).
The group, who dubbed themselves the Aunty Ruth SUAGgers, hiked the peaks to support Cathryn’s aunt, Ruth Wynn, aged 68, who was left paralysed after a fall in her kitchen.
Cathryn said: “Aunty Ruth was unfortunate enough to trip over in her kitchen and suffered a C5 incomplete paralysis.
“She now has a long and challenging rehabilitation ahead and, with the help and support of SUAG, has been making noticeable improvements in her mobility.
“There is still a long way to go and we took on the challenge to raise as much money to continue the fantastic work by this charity.”
The group has now raised more than £1,000 through sponsorships and their JustGiving page but are continuing their efforts.
The group started the 24-hour hike at Ben Nevis, on June 23, reaching the summit in two hours and 25 minutes.
They then drove down to Scafell Pike, in Cumbria, in the middle of the night and hiked through to the early morning, reaching the summit of England’s highest mountain at 4.40am.
It was then on to the highest mountain of them all, Mount Snowdon in Gwynhedd, which they completed just outside of the 24 hours.
Cathryn said: “The weather was against us every step of the way. We had to fight against 50mph winds, thick fog, -10 degree temperatures, rain and also some snow.
“We ended up completing the challenge in 24 and a quarter hours, one of our team members had really bad altitude sickness and, combined with the weather, we were going at a slower pace than we would normally aim for.”