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History made on Snowdon in aid of Wales Air Ambulance

History was made at the top of Wales’ tallest peak during a fundraising challenge for Wales Air Ambulance.

Elfed ‘Gryn Goch’ Williams has challenged himself to walk up Snowdon 52 times in a year, raising funds for the Welsh helicopter charity that airlifted his son. During his 37th ascent and decent of the peak Elfed and his friend, Jason Parry, made history as they completed the first hair cut at the top of Snowdon.

The trekking challenge hopes to raise £5,000 for Wales Air Ambulance after the charity airlifted Elfed’s son, Tomos Huw, after he suffered a traumatic injury.

Elfed said: “At the beginning of August 2013, my son suffered a horrific accident and therefore if it was not for the Wales Air Ambulance he would not have survived.

“He was flown from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, and then from Ysbyty Gwynedd to the University Hospital in Stoke.

“In rural areas, as in parts of Wales, it is essential for the service of the Wales Air Ambulance so they can get the patient to get treatment within 'the golden hour.'

“Therefore, I have set myself a challenge this year to walk up Snowdon 52 times in 12 months to raise money to this very worthy cause.”

On Elfed’s 37th journey up the tallest peak in Wales, the trekker was joined by Jason Parry, from Magic Clippers Barbershop in Caernarfon, and the friends made history as the first people to complete a haircut on Snowdon.

Jason said: “We started off from the base of Snowdon 7.35am on a cloudy day, and we made the summit in 2.15.

“With a small audience of around 15 people, I commenced with Elfed's haircut on the summit marker - I do believe that this is the first time anyone has had a haircut on the summit itself.

“We created history in aid of the air ambulance and I'm proud to have supported such a great charity.”

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity relies on kind donations and support to raise the £6.5 million needed every year to keep its four helicopters flying across Wales, with each of its missions cost around £1,500, funded by charitable donations.

Lynne Garlick, Wales Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Elfed for his support, and we are touched that he would think to fundraise for us after we airlifted his son.

“It is only through the kind donations and support we receive that we are able to complete our missions, and Elfed’s fundraising will help to fund several missions across Wales.”

 If you would like to sponsor Elfed, click here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Elfed-Williams1

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