A climbing couple are conquering Snowdon in aid of Wales Air Ambulance, bringing over 50 friends up the mountain in aid of the Welsh helicopter charity.
Lisa and Brian Ruddin have been climbing Snowdon as a couple for several years, and decided to summit Wales’ tallest mountain on Easter Saturday in aid of Wales Air Ambulance, a cause close to their hearts.
The couple have set up a charity walk in aid of the Welsh helicopter charity with over 50 others from their holiday park, and unanimous support for WAA rolled in from the group.
Lisa said: “My husband and I are regular visitors to Snowdon after falling in love with her beauty a number of years ago.
“We climbed a few times last year and each time we returned to our caravan on Presthaven Beach Resort, Prestatyn. We mentioned at the beginning of March we would be climbing again on Easter Saturday, and our friends asked to join us, and now we have an amazing group of 55 people, all from the Presthaven Beach Resort.
“Not to miss an opportunity of raising some money for charity, we decided to raise funds for the Wales Air Ambulance.
“We chose WAA because my husband’s life was saved by air rescue after falling from a cliff top back in 2010.
“As we spend so much time in Snowdonia, we thought it fitting, and had support of the whole group.”
The group, ranging from children of 10-years-old to keen walkers of 70 years of age, will climb the famous mountain on Easter Saturday to raise funds for the charity.
Support for the group’s fundraising has flown in, as Presthaven Beach Resort have supplied a coach to escort them on their climb and local north Wales businesses have donated prizes to be raffled off.
Through the charity raffle and collecting sponsorship from their expedition, the group has raised £3,000, enough to fund two of the Welsh helicopter charity’s lifesaving missions across the country.
Each year Wales Air Ambulance needs to raise £6.5 million to keep its four helicopters flying across Wales, and each lifesaving missions costs around £1,500.
Since the charity launched on St David’s Day 2001, Wales Air Ambulance has completed over 26,000 missions – all funded by charitable donations.
Lynne Garlick, Wales Air Ambulance North Wales Fundraising Manager, said: “As a charity, we rely on kind donations to keep our helicopters flying, and we are incredibly touched that they would think to fundraise for us after Brian had first-hand experience of being rescued by helicopter.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to Lisa, Brian, and the group for their outstanding support which will help to fund our missions across the country.”
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