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Aico’s Snowdon Sunrise Challenge Success

Written by:
Lisa Sadler
Posted On:
30th June 2023

Aico and HomeLINK colleagues completed the Snowdon Sunrise Challenge raising over £7,000, which is to be doubled to £15,000 by Aico, in support of The Movement Centre,

55 colleagues set off by bus from Aico’s headquarters in Oswestry, at 11.30 pm on Wednesday 28th June to Snowdon. The team started their trek with Mountain Leaders from Sky Blue Adventures, at 2:00 am and travelled through the night to reach the summit of the tallest mountain in Wales, just in time for sunrise at 5:25 am on Thursday 29th June.

The journey was challenging, as the team had to ascend 3,199 feet and travel a total distance of nine miles. However, they were all determined to complete the challenge and raise vital funds for The Movement Centre. They had a well-deserved breakfast at the Padarn Hotel after completing the descent.

The Movement Centre is a UK charity and specialist treatment centre that helps children who have Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome or increased strength and control of their movement. They do this through the use of Targeted Training, a specialist therapy that is currently only provided by The Movement Centre, within the UK.

Curtis Langley. Fundraising and Marketing Officer at The Movement Centre, commented “Over the last few years, I have really tried to diversify our fundraised income at The Movement Centre, especially through the addition of new events. The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Sunrise Challenge seemed an obvious event to add to our calendar after speaking with Paul from Sky Blue Adventures. I was delighted when the team at Aico agreed to take on the mountain at night and raise vital funds for our charity. The support we have and continue to receive from Aico is incredible, and we really appreciate the support their staff offer.

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is tough enough in the day, but to complete this challenge at night was a huge task. 55 members of staff from Aico, took on the challenge starting their ascent at 2am in the morning, and were led up by Mountain Leaders in various groups depending on experience and fitness, with the aim of reaching the top in time to see sunrise. I was lucky enough to join them on this challenge, and was excited to experience Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) at night. A huge thank you to the team, who have raised over £7,000 so far with donations still coming in.

The donations raised by colleagues have been doubled by Aico to £15,000. These funds will help The Movement Centre to continue providing life-changing support to children and their families living with movement disabilities.

Aico has a longstanding relationship with The Movement Centre, showing continued support through fundraising activities and donations, organised as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Aico in the Community.

“We are absolutely delighted to have completed the Snowdon Sunrise Challenge,” said Ryan Evans, Sustainability Lead at Aico. “This was a challenging but rewarding experience, and we are proud to have raised vital funds for The Movement Centre. We would like to thank everyone who supported us, and we look forward to continuing our support for this amazing charity.”

To learn more about The Movement Centre, please visit : www.the-movement-centre.co.uk


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