Pattingham man puts his energies into climbing Snowdon at night to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society
Climbing Snowdon at night was a great experience and was also a way of making my personal contribution to Alzheimer’s Society. The biggest challenge on the night was the wind, with gusts of up to 50 mph, but I made it to the summit in a little over three hours.
An electrician from Pattingham is counting up the sponsorship money raised after he successfully climbed to Snowdon’s summit by torch and moonlight in support of Alzheimer Society’s community-based Dementia Support Workers.
Lee Whitehouse works for energy company E.ON in its solar solutions team and had his own personal reasons for deciding to take up ‘the Snowdon Challenge’ in support of the company’s charity partner, Alzheimer’s Society.
Lee said: “I lost a family member to dementia a few years back so I was keen to raise some money for the charity and awareness of the support it provides. Climbing Snowdon at night was a great experience and was also a way of making my personal contribution to Alzheimer’s Society.
“The biggest challenge on the night was the wind, with gusts of up to 50 mph, but I made it to the summit in a little over three hours, and was back at the bottom five and half hours after setting off. It’s a distance of around nine miles, but purely uphill to the 1085m summit and then purely downhill.”
Lisa Courtney, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society, said: “It’s a sad fact that so many people have a personal link to dementia, with a relative or friend affected by the condition. It’s really encouraging when we hear of people like Lee who’ve been able to turn that into a positive action, motivating them to take up a challenge that interests them and raise valuable funds for Alzheimer’s Society.”
Alzheimer’s Society was chosen as E.ON’s official charity partner by colleague vote, and all of the money raised and donated by the company and its employees is used to fund community-based Dementia Support Workers, including in the West Midlands. The two-year relationship began in the summer of 2016 with the aim of donating £200,000 by mid-2018.
For more information about E.ON’s work with Alzheimer’s Society, visit eonenergy.com/charity
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