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Snowdon hikers take their Red Cross Week challenge to new heights, again and again and again

23 April 2013

For immediate release  Tuesday 23 April, 2013
For further information  Samantha Whitwham
Contact number  020 877 7463 or 07921 493 560

A team of intrepid fundraisers from the British Red Cross will be tackling the highest peak in Wales next month. But not just once; the 12-person team will trek up and down the mountain as many times as they can within 24 hours - all to raise money for Red Cross Week (5 to 11 May), the charity’s annual fundraising drive.

The gruelling undertaking will begin on Friday 10 May and will see the team climb 3,560ft to the peak of Mount Snowdon as many times as possible in 24 hours. They hope to raise £2,000 towards the charity’s national fundraising goal of £1million in a week.

The extreme challenge was idea of Red Cross staff member Mark Bradley, whose day-job is managing the home from hospital service at the Red Cross in Ipswich, helping vulnerable people to adjust back to home life after a period of illness.

Mark’s fellow adventurers include Red Cross colleagues and service users along with the landlord, chef and regulars of the Lord Nelson pub in Fore Street, Ipswich.

Mark says: “This is the fourth year we have set ourselves an endurance challenge for Red Cross week and they’ve been getting more and more extreme. Luckily, everyone taking part are complete nutcases and were really enthusiastic when I suggested the idea.”

In 2011, the team walked 45 miles from Haverhill to Ipswich, and last year the adventurers trekking 24 peaks over 2,400ft in two days. This year, the group of 12 will complete the first hike to the summit of Snowdon together and then split into smaller groups to complete as many ascents as possible in the allotted time.

“Ideally, we’d like to match the current record held by an army PT instructor who completed five climbs in 21 hours carrying full army kit” says Mark. “I won’t be carrying the kit, but it’ll be a huge accomplishment if we can match that record.

“Everyone has been training hard, which is a little difficult living in a county as flat as Suffolk, but we’ve been doing eight or nine hour walks most Sundays. Some days I’m really excited about the challenge; other days I dread it, but it’s for a fantastic cause so I hope that the local community and the regulars at the Lord Nelson will support us and the Red Cross.”

Last year, more than £950,000 was raised during Red Cross Week and the money was used to support the charity’s vital work in the UK and overseas, providing unconditional care for vulnerable people in crisis.

The Red Cross provides a wide range of local services in Suffolk, including short-term care in the home for adults recovering from illness or a stay in hospital, support during A&E visits, first aid courses and cover for public events, medical equipment loan, emergency response volunteers to support victims of fires, floods and other crises, and humanitarian education. It also runs charity shops in Ipswich, Felixstowe and Woodbridge.

To sponsor the Lord Nelson Inn Snowdon Challenge, please visit

To find out more about Red Cross Week, please see


Notes to editors

This year’s theme for Red Cross Week (5 - 11 May) is “Refuse to ignore people in crisis this Red Cross Week”. The fundraising week seeks to raise funds to support British Red Cross projects both in the UK and overseas. All projects bring help to people vulnerable in a crisis – such as those in the UK whose lives are disrupted by fire or flooding, people who have no-one to look after them when discharged from hospital, or those affected by disasters overseas.

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies
in their own communities. When the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on
with their lives.

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