Hiking Heroes raise over £20,000 for Foundation and Compton Care

Hiking Heroes raise over £20,000 for Foundation and Compton Care Image

The team of Hiking Heroes which took on Snowdon by Sunrise to raise funds for Wolves Foundation and Compton Care were treated to a spectacular sight at the mountain’s summit in the early hours of Sunday morning

On a beautiful clear morning in Snowdonia, the 70 intrepid participants, who departed base camp at Llanberis three hours earlier at 2am, were able to enjoy the glorious sunrise from the top of the highest peak in England and Wales.

Whilst fundraising is still open for people who wish to support the two long-standing Wolverhampton charities, the figure has already broken through the £20,000 barrier thanks to all those who took part.

Among the Hiking Heroes on the Foundation side were ambassador and TV broadcaster Mark Rhodes, trustee Alistair Purssell and members of staff Scott Brotherton, Laura Cahill, Jeanette Walker and Matt Elcock.

Representatives from Foundation Pack Patrons Paycare, Moog and Berriman Eaton were also among those taking part.

For Mark, completing the climb on the day of his 12th wedding anniversary to wife Harriet, it was an incredible experience.

“It was such an honour and a privilege to climb Snowdon by Sunrise for Wolves Foundation and Compton Care,” he said.

“To be an ambassador for the Foundation is always very rewarding, and to have the opportunity to do something like this, which would be on my bucket list anyway, is fantastic.

“It’s a great thing to do to raise money with some lovely people and the views at the top were absolutely incredible.

“Having said that, my knees have been struggling since and it’s been difficult getting up and down the stairs but it was all for two very worthy causes.”

Organised by Sky Blue Adventures, the trip saw the climbers cover the longest and most gradual of the six main paths to the summit initially under the cover of darkness before reaching the peak of 1,085 metres.

All fundraising from the challenge will be shared equally between Compton Care, the long-standing Wolverhampton charity which helps patients and their loved ones navigate every aspect of life following a palliative diagnosis, and Wolves Foundation, Wolves’ official charity, which delivers over 45 unique projects to people of all ages and abilities in the aim of creating opportunities and changing lives.

“We were delighted to link up with Compton Care for a fundraiser which provided such fantastic memories for everyone involved,” says Laura Cahill, fundraising and events executive with Wolves Foundation.

“At times it was certainly a challenge, but there was a real team effort with everyone pushing each other on, and the reward at the end with such an incredible view of the sunrise from the summit made it all worthwhile.

“A huge congratulations to all the Hiking Heroes who took part and helped raise such a substantial amount of money to benefit the work of two important local charities.”

Donations can still be made by clicking here, with all proceeds being shared between Wolves Foundation and Compton Care.

"Of course it’s so important to give back to the community and Wolverhampton as a whole. It's great to be here and to show our support."

Maximilian Kilman | Wolves Captain and Foundation Ambassador

"As a lifelong Wolves fan, to represent the Club and Foundation is something I'll cherish forever."

Daz James | Wolves Disability FC

"Without Wolves Foundation I wouldn't be here today, that's for certain."

John Martin | Head 4 Health participant

"It is amazing to be out there meeting people and having some fun. It is really important for Wolves to have this connection with the fans and to see the happiness in their faces."

Toti Gomes | Wolves Defender

"Savannah absolutely loves the group. The staff are committed to making every single session fun and welcoming."

Natasha | Healthy Goals parent

"It’s special because it's my club and I’m so proud to be from Wolves as well. I can see the projects and all the work Wolves Foundation are doing and I know it makes such an impact, so to even be a little part of that and to help out where I can – it's so exciting."

Amber Sandhu | Broadcaster and Foundation Ambassador

"It’s huge for the school, I can’t speak highly enough of Wolves Foundation and the opportunities that they give us."

Mr Robinson | Woodsetton School

“I think all football clubs should be the beating heart of their communities and Wolves, through the Foundation, manages to do that."

Johnny Phillips | Sky Sports Presenter and Foundation Ambassador

"We get loads of different opportunities with a Premier League club. I feel really privileged to be a part of it."

Mustafa | Football & Education College Academy student

"Frank has Alzheimer’s Disease and when he was first diagnosed we felt lost and alone. Attending Molineux Memories is a lifeline for both of us; it is run by friendly, committed staff who ensure that everyone is included and enjoys themselves."

Frank and Alison | Molineux Memories

"To come here and be hands on with the kids is unreal. Working with Wolves and the Foundation is a blessing and I'm honoured. It feels surreal sometimes but it's the best feeling."

S-X | Music Producer and Foundation Ambassador

"It's good to give back what you got. Football and the Wolves Foundation help me, so I like to help the community."

Taye | Premier League Kicks

"Wolves is a fantastic football club, and they’re excelling off the pitch as well with all the brilliant community work that the Foundation does. The passion of the coaches and the opportunities to play are amazing."

Jack Rutter | Former Great Britain Paralympian and Foundation Ambassador

"Wolves has definitely helped my personal development, but now also helps me to develop people I work with. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the opportunities Wolves Foundation have given me."

Carl Ackasovs | Wolves Foundation

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