22nd Sep, 2019

Boots full of water, family conquers Snowdon and the weather for charity

Ross Crawford 24th Jun, 2018

A BATTLING family managed to successfully climb Snowdon despite doing it 24 hours late, and through driving wind and rain.

Jennifer Stone and her husband Craig and their two children Matilda and Natasha, plus their beagle Max, tackled the 1,000metre climb for the Veterans With Dogs charity.

The charity helps our soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder live independent lives with the help of four legged friends.

Jennifer knows how valuable a pet pooch can be after she was involved in a serious car crash three years ago.

Unable to leave the family’s Studley home due to her injuries, she admits the confinement definitely played on her mind – until Max came along and helped her on the road to recovery.

“Max has helped me recover,” she said. “For the first six months I couldn’t get out of my own house, I was in a back brace and I got a bit anxious stuck at home on my own.”

With her physical injuries healed the family decided to go up the mountain Jennifer had promised to climb with her dad on his 70th birthday – until the car crash intervened.

Saturday was duly chosen as the day of the walk, until the Great British weather struck.

“We were advised not to go on Saturday due to a weather warning, but were told Sunday would be fine as long as we were there for 9am, we might get a bit of drizzle on the way down… but the mountain had other ideas.” said Jennifer.

“We had 30mph cross winds and so much rain we had pools in our shoes, but #teamstone pulled together and we got to the summit still smiling!”

The family have already smashed their £250 fundraising target but to help them raise even more for the charity visit Total Giving online and search for stones up snowdon.

“We are incredibly proud of both girls and Max and the sponsor money is still coming in,” said Jennifer.

To support their fundraising efforts, click here

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