Charity’s mountainous challenge

Shropshire-based charity Climbing Out  is calling on walkers to take part in its annual fundraising hike. The event is their biggest fundraiser of the year and this year’s hike has been dubbed the Climbing Out Snowdonia Challenge.

The hike is taking place on October 9 in North Wales. Participants can choose to climb between 1 and 4 of Snowdonia’s iconic mountains on the day. Every walker will be tasked with raising a minimum of £100 for the charity.

Climbing Out, which operates from near Shrewsbury, helps people across the UK. The charity works with people aged 18 and over who have been through a life-changing injury, illness, or trauma to rebuild their confidence, self-esteem, and motivation. Its programmes combine outdoor activities with mental resilience and personal development coaching.

Previous fundraising hikes have included climbing Snowdon twice, the Yorkshire Three Peaks, and the Peak District Challenge.

Kelda Wood founded Climbing Out in 2010. Eight years earlier a freak accident left her with an irreparable leg injury that had a huge impact on her life and ended her dreams of becoming an Olympic horse rider. After rebuilding her confidence, Kelda changed her focus and eventually retrained as an outdoor instructor. In 2010 she launched Climbing Out to help people who have been through life changing injury, illness, or trauma. She has since made it her mission to inspire and motivate others, from her solo row across the Atlantic in 2018 to this year taking on three triathlons despite not being able to run, swim well or ride a standard bike.

She said, “Our annual hike is a fun, sociable day out. We have easy, moderate, and challenging routes to choose from, so there’ll be something for everyone, whatever your level of fitness!

“It is great to bring supporters and willing adventurers together for the challenge which raises vital funds to support the work we do.

“Registration for the hike will be closing at the end of August to allow us time to plan and prepare for a fantastic weekend, so please get your registration forms in ASAP. We really hope as many people as possible will join us!”

For an information sheet and registration form contact Jo Pembroke from Climbing Out on admin@climbingout.org.uk.

For more information on Climbing Out’s work visit climbingout.org.uk.

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