Saturday 28 October 2023

ZEROplus Climb Mount Snowdon for Katharine House Hospice

A team from leading door hardware supplier, ZEROplus recently climbed Mount Snowdon to raise vital funds for Katharine House Hospice, Stafford.

On Saturday the 30th of October, the ZEROplus team dug out their walking boots, filled their backpacks with energy bars and travelled to Wales to tackle the country’s highest mountain.

Setting off at 6am, the team started their climb at 9am. Enduring forty-mile-an-hour winds, driving rain and very cold conditions, they made it to the summit in around three hours.

Nicola Hewitt, Finance Director at ZEROplus, says:

“When we reached the top, we spent quite a long time huddled up and thawing out in the café. 

“Nobody was keen to leave the shelter of the café to begin the descent down the mountain.”

But the team pushed on. And even though it was a long and soggy day, there were still plenty of giggles and smiles along the way.

The team completed the climb by 4:30pm and are incredibly proud to have raised £788 for a wonderful, local hospice.

Nicola continues:

“It was certainly more of a challenge than I ever expected, especially given the weather conditions, but it was an amazing sense of achievement when we reached the top and actually really good fun.

“The whole group did amazingly well and we’re so pleased to have raised almost £800 for Katharine House Hospice.”

Katharine House Hospice, Stafford provides free vital care services to enable patients with illnesses that cannot be cured to live their lives as fully as possible and make the most of the time they have.

The hospice cares for people with life-limiting conditions across mid-Staffordshire from their 8-bed in-patient unit, Lymphoedema Clinic, and patients' homes.

They also provide well-being services and carer support.

Bryan Hynes, Warehouse Operative at ZEROplus, said:

“It was beautiful going up the mountain, and some of the scenery was amazing. But going down again was pure hell!

“The wind was nearly knocking us off our feet. Nevertheless, the day was great, and it was an amazing experience.”

The ZEROplus climbing team are now discussing tackling Scafell Pike next year. Watch this space!    

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