Earlier this year, Claire Collins and six of her close friends climbed Mount Snowdon – they took on the highest mountain in Wales in memory of Claire’s daughter, Annie.
Annie was born in April 2016 completing Claire, Steve and big brother Ralph’s family. But sadly, just a year later, Annie became unwell with a chest infection which quickly developed into pneumonia. Despite bravely battling the infection, Annie tragically passed away a week before her first birthday.
So her family could say goodbye to their precious daughter, sister and granddaughter, Annie was moved to Shooting Star Chase. Claire said: “Shooting Star Chase enabled us to spend time with our beautiful Annie after she had passed away. They gave us much needed time to cuddle her, to kiss her, to tell her how much we loved her and for our tears to flow. It also meant that some of our family and friends were able to come and support us and say their own goodbyes whilst seeing Annie ‘sleeping’ so peacefully.”
Looking back on the climb, Claire said: “Climbing Snowdon was tough, but our determination and team spirit made us continue – even through torrential rain, thunder and lightning! When we eventually made it to the summit we all placed our hands on the orientation plaque. The exhilaration of reaching the top and of course the emotion of doing it for Annie made it such a special moment. We then blew some bubbles up to Annie and drank some bubbles ourselves.
“I’m so glad that we completed this challenge in memory of our beautiful daughter and raised an amazing £7,729 to support the bereavement services at Shooting Star Chase.”