Diane climbs mountain in her dad’s memory

Climbers at the top of Mount Snowdon.'
Climbers at the top of Mount Snowdon.'

A fundraiser from Bilton braved icy rain, hail and strong winds to complete the challenge of climbing the highest mountain in Wales in memory of her dad.

Thoughts of her father motivated Diane Irwin, 50, to reach the 1,085 summit of Snowdon on what was a physically and emotionally tough challenge on Saturday.

She is raising money for Cancer Research UK in memory of Frank Irwin, who died from the disease.

Diane said: “It was raining, hailing, windy and ice cold, but we did it.

“We had to overcome some tough circumstances, which included me getting hyperthermia, so I am pleading, with tears in my eyes, for more people to sponsor us.”

Diane reached the top in just two and a half hours and let off balloons in memory of her dad.

She said taking the last few steps to the top of the mountain was emotional.

“My dad was with me every step of the way and I know it sounds silly, but being at the top made me feel nearer to him.”

Diane’s mother, Dot, was with her daughter for the climb. “I’m really proud of my mum,” she said.

They were also joined by personal trainer Karl Fraser and his partner Amy Cashmore, who also live in Bilton.

Karl, who runs Airborne Fit, said he was impressed with Diane’s determination.

Together, they have helped raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

Amy added: “We were walking alongside a young woman who was battling cancer and has only months to live.

“ It definitely tugged at the heart strings and encouraged me to plough on to the top.

Sponsorship money can also be given to Karl by ringing 07940 161249, info@airbornefit.co.uk

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