Downton Walkers Raise Money For Alzheimer’s Charity

A team of four walkers from CM Downton was among a group of 275 people who completed an overnight charity walk up Snowdon organised by the Alzheimer’s Society on Friday 23 June. HR Manager, Katrina Green, Marketing & PR Coordinator, Charlotte Swinnerton, Sharpness Manager, David Serle, and Gloucester Warehouse Manager, Ian Blackwell completed the 9000m walk, including climbing almost 1000m (3000ft) to the top of the largest mountain in Wales, despite the weather doing its best to make things difficult. In total the event has raised over £95,000 for the charity.

The team left Moreton Valence early on Friday afternoon and travelled to the Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis where the event was being hosted. After a couple of drinks and a meal at the hotel the team rested until a briefing at 11.30pm ready for the start. They set off in the first group at ten minutes to midnight.

The climb began on a steep tarmac track before entering the wilderness of the mountainside and it was a little warning of things to come. Walking at night, even in midsummer, can be difficult on rough terrain with only basic paths to follow. On top of this the weather was decidedly un-summer-like with fog, wind and rain all adding to the challenge. Ian reached the summit at 2.30am and had returned to the start by 4am, Charlotte reached the summit at 3.30am and was back at the hotel by 5am, closely followed by Katrina and Dave.

Charlotte Swinnerton said: “Unfortunately the weather was incredibly foggy and windy and it rained at times so we didn’t get to see the views from the summit or a spectacular sunrise. Everyone was given a glow-stick and many wore head torches so there was a constant stream of dots of light which was a wonderful sight. The walk was really tough but it was worth it to raise hundreds of pounds for the Alzheimer’s Society with support from friends and colleagues.”