Dedicated climbers from Whittlesey take on Mount Snowdon to raise more than £4000 for charity
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Twenty-five Whittlesey walkers conquered Mount Snowdon and raised three times their goal amount to increase the number of defibrillators in the town.
There was lots of aching muscles among the dedicated climbers after the walk on August 4 – in which more than £4,000 was raised.
Only £1500 was expected when the walk was first planned.
Since then, the group has been able to hold two heart screening days for young people looking for un-diagnosed heart conditions.
Deborah Slator, of the group, said there were plans to increase the number of defibrillators in the town, which already has 44 outside and 25 others that are commercially owned.
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She explained: “We raised £4646.40 on the day and we had 25 walkers.
“We intend to hold another screening date November so we need to raise £5000 to pay for this, the climbers were hoping to raise £1500 and have actually managed to raise treble their goal.
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“Jason Osborne who is a keen adventurer first suggested we should attempt to climb Mount Snowdon.
“Our youngest climber was eight years of age and the oldest 61. We spent the summer preparing, some of us losing weight and taking part in running and walking activities to increase our fitness level.
“Each Climber agreed to raise at least £50 in sponsorship money. Medals were given to all.
“We are still increasing the number of defibrillators we have in Whittlesey, we already have 44 outside and 25 others that are commercially owned, our plans do not include too many more unless we find there is a gap where the units can not be dispatched quickly enough.”