A team of dads whose children have life-limiting conditions have bagged a prestigious fundraising award, after climbing five mountains in 55 hours.
The #5in55 Tŷ Hafan Dads’ Group, received their JustGiving Award at a glittering ceremony in London last night, in recognition of their outstanding efforts to raise funds for Tŷ Hafan, the Sully based children’s hospice that supports the dads’ children and families.
The 16-strong team, which included uncles and grandfathers as well as dads, set off at the beginning of July and scaled five UK mountains in under 55 hours which included travelling time between the five peaks.
They started with scaling the mighty Ben Nevis in Scotland, then Scarfell Pike in England, followed by Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen y Fan in Wales.
Their challenge saw them climbing a combined height of 5,187 metres and raising a staggering £30,000 for Tŷ Hafan, the hospice that has been very much a part of the men’s life journey, providing them and their children with care, comfort and support and allowing them to spend what time they have with their children in the best possible way.
The team received their ‘Best Fundraising Team’ award from fitness guru, Shaun Stafford.
Coordinator of Tŷ Hafan’s Dads Group, Gareth Jenkins, said: “Many thanks to JustGiving for recognising our dads’ tireless commitment to this challenge, which was amazing and an inspiration to many people.
“The support shown between the dads was nothing short of incredible. The friendships that developed during this challenge will last a lifetime.
“It was not only responsive to their needs, it empowered them to give something back, sharing experiences good and bad along with combating the isolation they face due to the complexities of parenting a sick child.”
Dad Paul Fears, whose son Greg and family were supported by Tŷ Hafan when Greg was a child, said: “Every Tŷ Hafan dad has his own mountain to climb when caring for a child with a life-limiting condition but we are climbing mountains to support and inspire others.”