Buxton fundraising team climb Snowdon

Eleven Buxton residents have climbed Snowdon for charity.
Eleven Buxton residents have climbed Snowdon for charity.

A group of Buxton residents put their best feet forward to climb Snowdon and raise money for charity.

The fundraisers, which included five children, had to change their planned climb day at the last minute because of severe weather warnings, but reached the summit after just over four hours.

Anna Challenger, who organised the climb, said: “I decided back in April that I wanted to fulfil an ambition to do some fundraising so I planned a year of activities in order to raise money for two children’s charities, Cystic Fibrosis and Francis House Trust.

“I decided with my little boy that we wanted to climb a mountain for charity. We chose Snowdon, I spread the word and got a team of 11 us together.”

She added: “It was tougher than any of us expected. None of us had ever climbed Snowdon before, we took the wrong turning at one point and climbed the wrong mountain which was very scary as it became too dangerous to climb any further so we had to find our way back down again, shuffling on our bottoms as it was too unsafe to walk.

“We finally reached the summit at 7.30pm, 1,085 metres high. Once at the top it was euphoric.

“The children did an amazing job, it was exhausting for them.

“We then had to climb back down again and we all completed the descent at 10.30pm, six adults, five children and two dogs with the children raising nearly £3,000.”

The team was made up of Anna, Sophie Southgate, Lucie Gissing, Louise Turner, Dan Bowers, Peter Moss, Lewis Challenger-Smith, Max Turner, Alfie Gissing, India Doxey and Bobby Moss.

Anna has also organised a Disney Ball at the Pavilion Gardens which is taking place on April 25, 2015, as a finale to her fundraising year.