Travelling towards the Lake District, we hoped the weather forecast of a month’s rainfall falling in 4 hours would not be destined to be the four hours that we would be climbing Cat Bells!
15 members of the North Ferriby Slimming World group had decided to climb Cat Bells to help raise awareness (and money!) for the Teenage Cancer Trust as well as the benefits of healthy eating and fitness promoted by Slimming World. This was planned several months ago and the date of our climb, the 4th July, seemed to come around very quickly. We hoped our fitness was good enough.
Amongst the group, the weight of 3 peopke had been lost and some of the best losers speculatd that they could not carry rucksacks weighing the amount of their loss.
Our concerns about the weather were unfounded and, apart from a few drops of rain, the day was perfect for walking – not too hot and clear enough to be able to see for miles.
The 4th July will be a very memorable and inspirational day for us. We were overcome by the generousity of the ferry operator, who, seeing our Teenage Cancer Trust T shirts, was very interested in our sponsored climb and allowed us to travel accross the lake for no charge. He then said that he would be happy to have one of our buckets on the counter of the boat house and insisting on starting off the collection, personally.
This was the beginning of an incredible experience in which fellow climbers actually went out of their way to put money into our bucket. This will all go into our kitty towards our cheque for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
You may be aware that a small Teenage Cancer Trust ward is being developed at Castle Hill. Although this will only be for older teenagers/young adults initially, it is the first such annexe to a major unit in the country.
We all managed the climb and expect that our sponsorship will be well into four figures. We look forward to presenting the cheque.
We would like to thank everyone who had anything to do with the day’s success. Amongst these, we have to thank Maureen, who unfortunately was unable to join us. Her very special tea loaf kept us going.
You do not have to climb mountains or support the Teenage Cancer Trust, to join our group in Ferriby but if you are interested in making new friends and being inspired, please give our consultant, Sue, a ring on 665451. She would be delighted to help you climb your mountain!
Sheila Brazier (Tel 633785)