A manager of a Travis Perkins builders merchant branch has been featured on local TV after raising over £15,900 for the Breast Cancer Campaign charity.
Andrew Craig, manager of the Travis Perkins in Caernarfon and a retained firefighter, climbed Mount Snowdon every week in 2010. He even did it twice in one week when he had to catch up because of bad weather. Craig also ran up the mountain as part in the Snowdon International race in July.
He said: “What a year. One word can only describe it: inspirational. It’s been hard work but so enjoyable. Can I thank everyone that have donated and joined me on my walks. I really appreciated the support from all including my wife Lynne and son Osian.”
The local community, customers and suppliers all rallied round raising funds to add to Craig’s fund-raising total and the charity ball at Galeri Caernarfon which Craig organised brought in nearly £8,000.
He told BBC News: “It’s been difficult. I’ve had to use crampons and ice axes on some occasions. Last week we were waist-high in snow. That was the hardest, with the drifts. I’ve been in white-outs. It’s been quite an eventful year.”
Craig and his wife Lynne wanted to support the breast cancer charity because their son’s godmother died of the disease.
Craig has posted write-ups of each ascent on his fund-raising page http://www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Craig/2. He says he can climb Snowdon on his own in 60 to 90 minutes and get back down in about an hour and 40 minutes, however some climbs took longer depending on the weather conditions and the number of people accompanying him.