AN intrepid duo from Coventry gas network company Cadent have scaled the heights in a bid to raise funds for people with dementia.
Angela Ullah and Abdul Khan, together with two other Cadent colleagues, are on course to raise more than £3,000 for Alzheimer’s Society after completing a gruelling midnight climb of Mount Snowdon.
The Snowdon Midnight Challenge, organised by Alzheimer’s Society, saw the duo set off at midnight for a daunting six-hour climb and descent.
Armed with head torches they battled 35mph winds in the pitch darkness to scale Britain’s second highest peak.
Abdul, 31, of Hillfields, Coventry, said: “My nan had dementia before she passed away and I wanted to raise awareness, especially in my own community, of Cadent staff Angela Ullah, Stuart Cull, Jack Walton and Abdul Khan the support available for people with the condition. Even my family weren’t aware of all the help available.
“It was definitely challenging. It was hard climbing in the wind and it felt a bit unreal because you couldn’t see any views but it was worth it. I’d really like to climb Snowdon again – but in daylight next time!”
Experienced walker Angela, of Northampton, relished the challenge.
“My mother-in-law passed away last year after a long battle with dementia,” she said. “I really loved the idea of doing this challenge and raising money for such a good cause.
“The wind made it a bit challenging but it was brilliant. It’s good to know that all the money we raise will pay for support services for people with dementia and fund research into a cure.”
Lucy Polling from Alzheimer’s Society, who joined them on the trek on September 23, said: “We’re so grateful to Abdul and Angela for taking on this incredible challenge – climbing Mount Snowdon during the day is quite some task but setting off at midnight makes it extra tough.
“Despite the wind they both took part with smiles and enthusiasm and they’ve been fantastic fundraisers.
“They both have relatives who lived with dementia which meant the cause was very personal to them and we’re so grateful that they joined us to unite against dementia.”
In June, Cadent announced a two-year fundraising partnership with Alzheimer’s Society. The company has pledged to raise £100,000 for the charity and to make at least 1,000 employees Dementia Friends.
Dementia Friends information sessions help people better understand the challenges faced by those living with dementia and the small ways in which they can help.
Alzheimer’s Society provides information and support for people with dementia and their families, funds research and creates lasting change for people affected by dementia.
For more information about Alzheimer’s Society go to alzheimers.org.uk
Abdul Khan at the top of Snowdon – at night