In the beautiful landscape of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, one peak sits higher than all the others. Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and is a popular spot for hikers, offering truly stunning views from the summit on a clear day.

But Frances Taylor, one of our Senior Carers here at Cumnor Hill House, is taking on the challenge of Mount Snowdon without a slightly different reward. That’s because she’s walking up Snowdon at night-time, all in the name of charity. It’s the Snowdon Midnight Challenge.

On Saturday 8th June 2019 as you get comfy and warm inside for the evening, spare a thought for Frances as she’ll be preparing to embark on a midnight Snowdon trek in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Standing at over 1,000m above sea level, Snowdon is the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands and climbing this mountain is no easy task, especially without the light of the sun to guide you.

When Frances reaches the summit, as long as the sky is clear, there will be a beautiful view, with the ground below cascaded in moonlight – and as she descends, she’ll get a perfect view of the sun rising, so it’s sure to be a special experience.

Why is Frances hiking up Snowdon at night?

“I decided to do the midnight Snowdon trek for Alzheimer’s Society because since I have worked in care, I’ve experienced how dementia can effect a person and their family. I’ve worked with such a variety of people that are living with different types of dementia and I feel there's still a lot we don't know about this disease. By helping the Alzheimer’s Society carry on with their research through fundraisers, we can keep improving people's quality of life.”

Preparing for the challenge ahead

This isn’t the first time that Frances has taken on a hiking challenge. Back in January 2016, she climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania – also for the Alzheimer’s Society – and, together with her group, managed to raise an incredible £100,000! Frances said it was the most painful yet fulfilling thing that she has ever done and, in that moment, pledged to continue taking part in similar challenges, raising money for charity while doing it.

From now until the big day in June, Frances will be making the most of all her free time, heading off at every available opportunity to go hiking, taking on challenging terrain around the countryside with as much uphill walking as possible.

How you can get involved

Keep an eye out for goings-on here at Cumnor Hill House soon, as Frances will be organising coffee mornings, cake sales, raffles and all sorts of other activities to raise money for the hike and to get people involved. If you follow Cumnor Hill House on Facebook, you’ll be able to see when and where these fundraising events are taking place, or you can ask a member of the team here in our home.

Frances is aiming to raise £400 for this fantastic charity – if you could spare any amount of money to help her reach her goal, we would be incredibly grateful. Visit her JustGiving page right here and please give what you can – together, we can help the Alzheimer’s Society to transform the landscape of dementia forever.