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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

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