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Intrepid supporters conquer Snowdon 

March 26, 2024

In a display of sheer determination and camaraderie, 44 intrepid supporters conquered the heights of Snowdon to witness a speculator sunrise, all while raising funds for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.  

From 2:15am on Saturday 16 March, the team started to arrive and gather in the car park of Pen-y-pass at the base on Snowdon. Despite the early and chilly start, spirits were high as the team embarked on their mission before 3am.  

Led by the experienced guides from SVL Adventures, accompanied by their four-legged companions, Brody and Bella, the team hiked their way up the Pyg path with headtorches lighting the way.  

Despite a dry ascent, the recent wet weather meant the path was slippery as the group crossed the rugged and rocky terrain. As they climbed higher, the damp rocks transformed into icy obstacles, slowing their progress. At times, the team had to scramble on all fours over these slippery surfaces.  

With the sunrise approaching, the group feared they wouldn’t reach the summit in time. However, as they transitioned from the Pyg path to the main route, the sky became ablaze with hues of orange behind them, giving them determination to propel forward.   

Their efforts paid off as they reached the summit just in time to witness one of the most speculator sunrises.   

Among the team were corporate representatives from Beard Construction, ARC Europe, Professor Puzzle and ICBC Standard Bank, along with Shooting Star staff, like Ellie Rayner, a nurse at our purpose-built children’s hospice, Christopher’s. 

“The hike up Snowdon was incredible,” Ellie said.  

“There was no better view to have once we reached the top. It was full of emotions and complete awe at what we had done. It was so rewarding and to reach the top with my best friend and an amazing group of people who were all there for one reason – to raise money for Shooting Star.  

“I decided to sign up for the event because I’ve tried to do a fundraiser challenge every year for the last few years. I wanted a different challenge that wasn’t a run. I’ve always liked the idea of a mountain hike and sunsets/sunrises are my favourite, so I thought what better way than to tie it all together and raise money for Shooting Star.” 

The team have raised an incredible £22,000 to date (including Gift Aid) and we know that total will continue to grow as everyone shares the stories and photos from their 24-hour adventure. 

If you are inspired to hike Snowdon or would like to participate in a range of other challenge events to raise vital funds to support babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, visit here.