Father and son team Mick and Deaglan O’Brien are planning to scale the Three Welsh peaks in 24 hours to raise money for the St Anne’s Centre at Birmingham Irish Association; where they provide care support to elderly Irish.
Spurred on by successfully raising over £2,500 last year on their climb of the Three Yorkshire Peaks, Mick and Deaglan have set themselves a higher donation target and a higher ascent target!
“Last year’s challenge raised well over an amazing £2,500 for Birmingham Irish Association and in particular its Dementia support service. The money raised contributed to the service being able to provide daycare support to individuals suffering from this terrible illness.” Said Mick O’Brien, “Thanks to generous donations such as this now operates 4 days a week from its central base in Digbeth and a new Centre in South Yardley.”
Mick and Deaglan’s efforts last year were particularly brave as their climb coincided with the arrival of Storm Brian; 50mph gusts, torrential rain and practically zero visibility.
This year, The Welsh Three Peaks challenge includes a total walking distance of 17 miles (27.4km) and an ascent of 2334 metres (7657ft), in less than 24-hours. That's more ascent than the Yorkshire Three Peaks over a shorter walking distance. The challenge takes in the three peaks of Wales: Snowdon in the North, Cadair Idris in mid-Wales, and Pen y Fan in the South.
The money raised will go towards operating the St Anne’s Centre at Birmingham Irish Association. The Centre provides culturally specific care support for elderly Irish people with dementia. Clients are looked after by a team of fully trained staff and volunteers, provided with a hot meal and encouraged to take part in mentally and physically stimulating activities. Clients can also be picked up and dropped off by minibus if they are on the route!