The Week Before Mount Snowdon

by Laura Marshall

As some of you may already know, on the 9th of April, a group of volunteers and staff members will be preparing to participate in a climb up Mount Snowdon. The aim of this challenge is to raise funds for the Project—in particular to support the ongoing homelessness work carried out by our dedicated Client Support team.

You may have read a post earlier in the month by our Client Support Manager, Jon O’Neill, who went into detail about the types of cases we come across in Bolsover and the difficulties our Client Support workers sometimes face (you can catch up on this post here)

In 2015, the Project supported over 38 local people who are homeless, in unsecured temporary accommodation or ‘sofa surfing’. This is an increase from the previous year and is something we expect to be dealing with on a similar, if not greater, level during 2016. This month the government is introducing further cuts to enhanced housing benefit. This will make it even harder to provide secure or supported housing for homeless people and the gap between accommodation available and the people who urgently need it is only going to increase.

It is for this reason that each climber has personally worked hard over the past month to gather donations from friends and family to extend our work across this service and others relating to it. As of today, our combined total sits at around £700.00 and we are still receiving your kind donations through our online giving system. To give you an idea of what the day will involve, one of our Fund Raising volunteers has put this piece together:

The event will begin at 6.45am on Saturday 9th April, where we will meet at the Church in preparation to set off in the mini bus at 7.00am. We hope to arrive at Mount Snowdon by around 11.00am and, although we will be kitted out in walking boots and appropriate waterproof clothing, we are hoping for some sunshine.

After beginning our climb at 11.15am we hope to reach the summit by 2.15pm. I am told the views will be quite breathtaking on this climb and we hope to capture some of these on camera to share with you on our Facebook page.

After a much needed rest at the top we will begin our decent at about 2.45pm and leave the mountain at 6.00pm. After what will most definitely be a challenging but fun-filled day, we hope to have returned home by 9.30pm.

I am really looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity to support this cause”.

As you can see, the day is packed with travelling and climbing, but everyone involved is really looking forward to the chance to embark on this challenge and raise some money for the Project.

There is still time to sponsor one of our climbers and anything you can give will be greatly appreciated. If you’re interested, please visit our website at and click the orange ‘DONATE’ button in the top right corner. By selecting ‘I would like to designate this donation to a specific fund’ on the form, you can select which climber you would like to sponsor.

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Laura Marshall

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