The Newbury team will climb Snowdon 10 times for Parkinson’s UK and the Brain Tumor Charity
A GROUP of friends from Newbury are climbing Mount Snowdon in Wales 10 times in an effort to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK and the Brain Tumor Charity.
Harry Jack, Rupert Elwes, Robert Sugden and Dominic Ward left on Wednesday and plan to complete their three-day feat.
The preparations saw the team complete two ultra-marathons, one marathon and 15 half-marathons, and they have to walk 12 to 16 hours a day.
They had originally planned to ski the height of Mount Everest in the Alps, but that venture was canceled last year due to pandemic restrictions.
For their latest offer, the group raised over £ 100,000.
Mr. Jack’s cause is deeply personal, as his stepfather has lived with Parkinson’s disease for over a decade.
He said: “Five years ago my stepfather David had life-changing brain surgery to treat his Parkinson’s disease which extended his quality of life in ways we wouldn’t have. never could imagine.
“But right now, there is no cure, no medicine, no surgery or therapy that can slow, stop or reverse this debilitating disease.
“Funding research to improve treatments is essential.
“During this challenge, we will be pushed to our limits, physically and mentally.
“But that is nothing compared to the daily challenges of people with Parkinson’s disease or brain tumors.”
Brain Tumor Charity Fundraising Director Gina Almond said, “We are extremely grateful for all the efforts of our fantastic fundraisers.
“They are all extremely inspiring and making a real difference to everyone affected by this devastating disease.
“Brain tumors are the biggest cause of cancer in people under 40 and, unlike other cancers, survival rates have not improved over the past 40 years.
“We are leading the way to change that and to truly fight brain tumors on all fronts through our work.
“We do not receive any government funding and rely 100% on voluntary donations, so it is only through the efforts of people like Harry and his friends that we can change these shocking statistics in the future and make a difference. hope to the thousands of people diagnosed with brain tumors every year. “
Katy Slade, a regional fundraiser for Parkinson UK, said: “We are absolutely blown away by the incredible support from Harry, Rupert, Robert and Dominic, and we are especially grateful to them for persevering in their fundraising and the challenge.
“Their efforts are truly inspiring.
“With over 40 potential symptoms, Parkinson’s disease can devastate lives.
“Although we have made tremendous breakthroughs over the past 50 years, there is still no cure and current treatments are not good enough.
“If you’ve been inspired by this epic challenge, why not take on Snowdon yourself?
“There is an organized walk in Snowdon taking place on July 10 as part of our Walk for Parkinson’s series.
“By signing up, you will help transform the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease.”
A Virgin Money Giving page has been created to support the team, which has set a fundraising goal of £ 125,000.
To view the page and make a donation, visit bit.ly/3g7B8mX