West Herts Facilities Team conquer Snowdon on epic fundraising quest

West Herts Hospitals Facilities Team reach the summit of Snowdon

Members of West Herts Hospitals Facilities Team took on an epic fundraising challenge for our hospital charity. On Saturday 8th June, the team embarked on a midnight trek up Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, to raise vital funds for West Herts Hospitals.

The fearless fundraisers pictured above on the summit of Snowdon, left to right are: Retail specialist Gayan Liyanage, Head of Facilities Jan Jonker, Facilities Administrator Vijay Gnanamani, Facilities Operations Manager Darryl Harber, Waste Manager Glen Riley and Maddy Giles, Assurance Manager Colin Flower, Assurance Officer Erin Janaway and Karel Jonker.

West Herts Hospitals Facilities Team get ready to depart from Watford for Snowdonia

Departing from Watford at 7pm on Saturday, the team embarked on their trek up the PYG track, beginning their ascent at 12:30am. Braving -8 degrees and 40mph winds, they reached the summit just after 4am, before making their descent down Miners track.

Head of facilities Jan Jonker shared her initial thoughts on the trek:

“I originally wondered why we were doing the climb at night, especially with only two of the team as experienced climbers and the rest of us were first timers. However, on the way down (when it was light) and we looked up, we realised it probably was the best thing as it would have been nerve wracking had we seen actually how close to the edge we had come, especially for Colin!

West Herts Hospitals Facilities Team on their midnight trek to the summit of mount Snowdon

Jan highlighted the camaraderie during the challenge: “The whole event was very positive right from the drive from the meeting point at Watford hospital.  Darryl drove the “party bus” and everyone was in good spirits.  Darryl is actually a good DJ, so if all else fails…

“The team waited for each other and supported each other throughout, and there was a lot of laughter. We were sharing snacks, although Glen had thoughtfully bought us all a bag of Biltong which is very high in protein and energy, so we were fuelled up and raring to go. 

The team saw the sunrise over mount Snowdon during their descent

“It was wonderful to see the sun come up and reveal the magnificent scenery around us as we approached the top of the mountain. We couldn’t see much from the summit due to the cold low cloud and high winds.”

Proceeds from their fundraising will go towards various projects, including new wheelchairs for St Albans City Hospital and the refurbishment of the children’s waiting area in the UTC at Hemel Hempstead Hospital.

Spectacular views from mount Snowdon during the climb

West Herts Hospitals CEO Alison Rosen said: ““Huge congratulations to the Facilities Team! Your dedication and teamwork are truly inspiring. We are incredibly proud of your efforts and deeply grateful for your support of our hospitals.”

The team has already raised over £1,300! If you would like to support the Facilities Team, please consider sponsoring them through their go fund me page here.

Thank you to everyone who participated, you are amazing! Follow @raisewestherts to hear about our new events launching soon!

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