Newbury team to climb Snowdon 10 times for Parkinson's UK and the Brain Tumour Charity
A GROUP of friends from Newbury are climbing Mount Snowdon in Wales 10 times in a bid to raise money for Parkinson's UK and the Brain Tumour Charity.
Harry Jack, Rupert Elwes, Robert Sugden and Dominic Ward set out on Wednesday and plan to complete their feat over three days.
Preparations saw the team complete two ultra-marathons, one marathon and 15 half-marathons, and they are to hike for 12 to 16 hours a day.
They had originally planned to uphill ski the height of Mount Everest in the Alps, but this endeavour was called off last year due to pandemic restrictions.
For their latest bid, the group have raised more than £100,000.
Mr Jack's cause is deeply personal, as his father-in-law has been living with Parkinson's disease for more than a decade.
He said: "Five years ago my father-in-law David had life-changing brain surgery to treat his Parkinson’s which prolonged his quality of life in ways we never could have imagined.
"But right now, there is no cure, no drugs, surgery or therapy that can slow, stop or reverse this debilitating condition.
"Funding research to improve treatments is essential.
"During this challenge we will be pushed to our limits, physically and mentally.
"But it is nothing compared to the daily challenges for those with Parkinson’s or brain tumours."
Brain Tumour Charity director of fundraising Gina Almond said: "We are extremely grateful for all the efforts made by our fantastic fundraisers.
"They are all hugely inspiring and are making a real difference to everyone affected by this devastating disease.
"Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of the under 40s and, unlike other cancers, survival rates have not improved over the last 40 years.
"We are leading the way in changing this and truly fighting brain tumours on all fronts through our work.
"We receive no government funding and rely 100 per cent on voluntary donations, so it’s only through the efforts of people like Harry and his friends that we can change these shocking statistics in the future and bring hope to the thousands of people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year."
A regional fundraiser for Parkinson's UK, Katy Slade, said: "We are absolutely blown away by Harry, Rupert, Robert and Dominic’s incredible support, and we are especially grateful to them for persevering with their fundraising and the challenge.
"Their efforts are truly inspiring.
"With more than 40 potential symptoms, Parkinson's can devastate lives.
"While we’ve made huge breakthroughs in the last 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 organised walk at 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."
A Virgin Money Giving page has been set up to support the team, who have set a fundraising target of £125,000.
To view the page, and to donate, visit bit.ly/3g7B8mX