An emotional 28-mile trek to the 15 highest peaks of Snowdonia by a group of Pembrokeshire men has raised more than £10,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.
In memory of Haverfordwest sportsman Andrew John (better known as Kanga), the team of Andrew John (Kanga’s son), Ben Field, Adam Raymond, Rhodri Barlow, Simon Holliday, Huw Scriven, Dan Field, Chris Phillips and Ryan Evans, trained for months to take on the Wales 3000 challenge, Climb for Kanga.
Seven out of the nine members of the group completed all 15 peaks of the trek in just over 16 hours with Simon and Ryan supporting the remaining seven climbers until the very end.
Huw said: “This was definitely one of the best things I have ever been involved in.
“On completion Andrew led us to the finishing post, kissed the monument on top of the peak and said, ‘That was for you, Dad’, a quote that didn’t leave a dry eye and one all of us will never forget.
“It meant so much to complete this brilliant challenge and raise awareness of this very cruel illness.”
Ben said: “The trek was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I’ll never forget.
I’m really proud of all the lads for completing such a gruelling challenge and for raising so much money for a such a fantastic cause.”
Dan said completing the trek was the most rewarding challenge he had ever undertaken, adding: “Not only for the physical demands of the activity itself, but for the money we raised for such a worthwhile charity.”
Rhodri said: “It was, foremost, a great sense of relief followed by joy completing the challenge, especially on the back of all the money we had been generously donated.”
The Climb for Kanga raised an impressive final total of £10,226 for the MND Association and the team thanked everyone who has made a donation and Station Hire which kindly provided the transport to and from Snowdon.