E.ON team conquers Snowdon at night to raise £25,000 for charity partner Alzheimer’s Society
As soon as the opportunity to take part in the Snowdon Challenge came up, I knew I had to volunteer to do my part to help fund the amazing work that Alzheimer’s Society does to support those affected by dementia.
A team of 40 colleagues from E.ON rose to the challenge of scaling Snowdon at night, helping to generate sponsorship and donations of £25,000 between them, all of which will go towards funding Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Support Workers.
Their nine-mile trek up Wales’ highest peak began at midnight and they reached the 3,560 foot summit in darkness, before turning around and retracing their steps back, reaching the bottom just over six hours after they set out.
Alzheimer’s Society was chosen by employee vote to become E.ON’s official charity in 2016, since when £180,000 has been donated and almost half of E.ON’s employees have become Dementia Friends. Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme helps people to learn more about dementia and the ways they can help others living with the condition.
Many of those who completed the challenge had personal reasons for choosing to take part. Fiona MacGregor is a Graduate Trainee at E.ON and was part of the Snowdon team. She said: “My Gran’s been living with dementia for years and it’s affected both her and my whole family in many ways. Whilst it greatly impacts her memory and she finds it difficult to remember names and faces, she hasn’t changed from the kind and cheerful woman I grew up with.
“So as soon as the opportunity to take part in the Snowdon Challenge came up, I knew I had to volunteer to do my part to help fund the amazing work that Alzheimer’s Society does to support those affected by dementia.”
Sian Meech, Corporate Account Manager for Alzheimer’s Society also completed the challenge, accompanying the E.ON team members on their Snowdon trek. She said: “It’s great to see such a large group of colleagues come together to take on a challenge of this scale and raise this level of funding for Alzheimer’s Society.
“The weather on the night wasn’t at all kind to us, so we all worked hard to see the challenge through to its end and I congratulate the E.ON colleagues for each playing their part in raising this magnificent sum of money.”
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Photo shows E.ON’s Snowdon trekkers about to start their midnight ascent in aid of Alzheimer’s Society. Photo credit: John Whitmore
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