A head for heights

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

A FUNDRAISER claims to have made his­tory af­ter hav­ing his hair cut on the top of Snow­don.

Elfed “Gyrn Goch” Wil­liams has chal­lenged him­self to walk up Wales’ high­est peak – Yr Wy­ddfa (Snow­don) – 52 times this year, rais­ing funds for the Wales Air Am­bu­lance (WAA) that saved his son’s life.

Fa­ther-of-two Mr Wil­liams, 57, of Tre­for, Gwynedd, said: “In Au­gust, 2013, To­mos Huw was un­load­ing a lorry at Blae­nau Ffes­tin­iog when a half-ton piece of plas­tic top­pled over, knock­ing him off the lorry on to a con­crete load­ing pad.”

To­mos, then 20, suf­fered a frac­tured skull and a blood clot on his brain.

Col­leagues di­alled 999, and the WAA was scram­bled from Caernar­fon. Within 40 min­utes, To­mos was at Ys­byty Gwynedd, Ban­gor.

His in­juries were so se­vere he had to be trans­ferred by air am­bu­lance to the ma­jor trauma unit at North Staffs Hospi­tal, Stoke.

Mr Wil­liams said: “If it was not for the Wales Air Am­bu­lance, To­mos would not have sur­vived.”

Mr Wil­liams, a war­den at Glyn­l­li­fon Col­lege, Caernar­fon, hopes to raise £5,000 for the char­ity and has already reached £3,400. In a pre­vi­ous walk­ing chal­lenge, he raised £3,000.

Dur­ing his 37th as­cent, Mr Wil­liams, his friend, bar­ber Ja­son Parry, of Magic Clip­pers, Caernar­fon, and Mr Wil­liams’ for­mer col­league, Gerald Parry, be­lieve they made his­tory by com­plet­ing the first hair cut at the top of Yr Wy­ddfa.

Mr Wil­liams has over­come snow, ice, heavy rain and strong winds in the past eight months on his treks up the moun­tain. Brav­ing the wind on Au­gust 9, they took pho­tographs and a video.

Mr Parry said: “It was a cloudy day and, with a small au­di­ence of around 15 peo­ple, I started with Elfed’s hair­cut on the sum­mit marker. I be­lieve it’s the first time any­one has had a hair­cut on the sum­mit it­self.”

Mr Wil­liams said: “There was no need for Ja­son to do any brush­ing of the floor this time.”

Snow­do­nia Moun­tain Rail­way’s Car­rie Probin said: “We’re not aware of any­one hav­ing a hair­cut on Snow­don be­fore, not of­fi­cially or in the build­ing. But, given the num­ber of visi­tors each year, we can’t say for sure.”

Mr Wil­liams is plan­ning his 39th as­cent this week­end. He said: “It doesn’t get any eas­ier.”

On De­cem­ber 8, he is or­gan­is­ing a Cyn­gerdd Dathlu Her 52 con­cert with singers Rhys Meirion, also a WAA fundraiser, Sioned Terry, Dil­wyn Mor­gan and Cor Caernar­fon at Ga­leri, Caernar­fon. Tick­ets will be on sale soon.

Elfed ‘Gyrn Goch’ Wil­liams hav­ing his head shaved

Elfed Wil­liams, left, who had his hair cut on top of Snow­don, with bar­ber Ja­son Parry and Gerald Parry

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