Dilwyn Howells, a director of timber importer Premier Forest Products, conquered Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in The Alps, in a bid to raise money for a charity that provides for ex-timber industry pensioners.
Mr Howells raised more than £1,200 for the Timber Trade Benevolent Society (TTBS) with the climb, reaching the mountain’s summit on his first attempt last month. He already has an impressive list of sporting achievements, including a 6,000-metre climb of Mount Kilimanjaro last year.
Mr Howells said: “I wanted my latest expedition to be more challenging, both on a physical and personal level, which is why I decided to combine the climb with raising money for a charity that is very important to us at Premier.
TTBS was set up in order to aid ex-timber trade pensioners who have fallen upon hard times. Friends, colleagues and industry contacts all donated generously and the total raised exceeded all expectations.
General manager of the TTBS Malcolm Job said: “We would like to thank Dilwyn for all his efforts, and the money raised is gratefully accepted. The TTBS relies heavily upon donations, with two-thirds of our income coming from fundraising events and contributions, so we are always grateful to receive any donations, both big and small. I am amazed at the heights to which TTBS supporters will go to raise money for the society!”
For further information on the TTBS, and how you can get involved please visit www.ttbs.org.uk