Hallidays’ daredevils raise over £1,300 for The Weekend Day Centre for Dementia Care

12 intrepid adventurers from Hallidays donned their walking boots on Friday 6th July to complete the Snowdon Horseshoe via Crib Goch Challenge. They raised over £1,000 for The Weekend Day Centre which supports people with dementia. As one of the country's most famous high-level mountain walking challenges the team faced an adrenaline-fueled traverse along Crib Goch, a knife-edge, extremely exposed ridge which is over 3,000ft above sea level.

Team member, Andrea Owen organised the climb and said:

“This was an incredible adventure for our team, one which we'll never forget. We're proud to have completed it in under 10 hours, with the heatwave certainly adding to the challenge! The climb up to and scramble across Crib Goch was nerve-racking, particularly for those with a fear of heights but the views across Snowdonia were spectacular.”

July also saw the return of Hallidays boxing star, Liz Ridley who bravely fought in her second charity boxing match on 20th July at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, raising over £300 for The Weekend Day Centre. Liz 'let's av it' Ridley had a gruelling 8-week training regime to prepare for the fight and did Hallidays and The Weekend Day Centre proud on the night with her fight being declared a draw.

Liz said:

“I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me, all the coaches at White Collar Fighter for the training. I've absolutely loved the experience over the past 8 weeks. I was excited and nervous about this fight. It was quite a daunting challenge stepping back in the ring, especially since having a baby 2 years ago! I was hoping to make everyone supporting me proud and raise money for a fantastic cause.”

Hallidays MD, Nigel said:

“Hallidays has a long tradition of challenging our team to grow and develop new skills by stepping outside their comfort-zones and raising money for the superb work of our local charities. I'm very proud of our team members' courage and bravery, even if we did get slightly lost on the way down on Snowdon!!”

Hallidays team members voted the Weekend Day Centre, based in Stockport to be their chosen charity for 2017/19. It is currently estimated that there are 3,800 people in Stockport with dementia, which is expected to rise to over 5,000 by 2025 if prevalence rates remain the same and the population changes as expected (Source: Stockport Dementia Strategy). The centre provides a range of fun, social activities at weekends and bank holidays for local people living with dementia. It also gives vital support to their carers enabling them to take a break or socialise with other carers. In 1999, their work gained national recognition winning first place in the Carers Scheme category at the Social Care Awards. The centre is planning to introduce new, themed mid-week sessions bringing together people with a shared interest e.g. crafts or woodwork, to enjoy their hobby together. To learn more about the Weekend Day Centre for Dementia Care please visit http://weekenddaycentre.com/.

Last year Hallidays kick-started their fundraising for The Weekend Day Centre with the 'electrifying experience' of 'Tough Mudder'! Along with the more pleasurable 'bake sales' their total fundraising for The Weekend Day Centre now stands at over £2,900. The funds are providing additional social and recreational activities to brighten the lives of people with dementia and their families. To make a donation to Hallidays fundraising please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/the-marketing-team. Hallidays have a long history of fundraising for local charities having previously raised over £5000 for Beechwood Cancer Care, Beacon Counselling and The Seashell Trust.

Posted July 2018

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