Snowdon Push for Back-Up Trust

The BMO “Snowdon my Pants” team won the award for highest fundraiser to cap a fantastic experience for all involved.

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A scorching summer’s day greeted the Back-Up Snowdon Push participants in North Wales on June 22nd with the BMO “Snowdon my Pants” team arriving at base camp in Llanberis at 8am to set up the chair to transport Sau Tran up to the 1,085m peak. Sau was involved in a cycling accident 6 years ago whilst training for the London to Brighton race and is paralysed from the chest down.
She was a beneficiary of the Back-Up Trust services during her rehabilitation period learning how to operate her wheelchair and sharing experiences with other people recently impacted by spinal injury. No obstacle has fazed her in her life since as she explained to the team that she drove to Wales from London independently the evening before and has a trip booked to South America later in the year including an excursion to Machu Picchu.

After the modified chair had its finishing touches added and some practice runs had taken place, the team departed at 8:45am. The team battled a steep early incline with some members looking forlornly at the nearby train powering up the mountain. However, the gradient became more gradual and the team found itself overtaking other teams reaching the top in 2 hr 50 mins.

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We raised £6,247.11 for the Back-Up Trust and won award for Highest Fundraiser
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The views were incredible and the team was treated to a flypast by the RAF Red Arrows. There were many moments of applause from other climbers on the way and we received many “in person” donations and requests for the fundraising page link from the public.
The group of volunteers
After savouring the views (and a Snowdon craft lager) the team made its way down the mountain, running past the finish line with a final sprint (proof attached) for a return trip time of just over 5 hours. Hunger was strong but generous helpings of the hog roast dinner at the post Push party in the campsite gave everyone a new lease of life for some dodgy ‘Saturday Night’ dance routines!
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The BMO “Snowdon my Pants” team won the award for highest fundraiser to cap a fantastic experience for all involved.
Group of people hiking in the mountains
Bravo to the team members:  Sukhi Sehota, Sau Tran, Fiona Howat, Petr Maslov, Daniel Tomlinson, Kash Kamal, Jamie Kellett, Garry Dolan, Amera Otaifa, Cameron Bateman, Gapsun Rhee, Gareth Reynolds, Brian Kelly, Craig Bateman, Anna Kitchenham, Louise Quinn and Eoin Corrigan.

Thank you to everyone who provided encouragement and donated money. We managed to smash our £5,000 target, raising over £6,247.11. If anyone would still like to donate please click the link here.

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