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Welsh team conquers Three Peaks to raise £10,000 for life-transforming surgery
A 42-strong team from Arthur J. Gallagher in Wales has raised more than £10,000 with their charity challenge towards a goal of £60,000 to help a brave little girl get life-transforming surgery in the US scheduled for July this year.
The Gallagher employees took on the gruelling Welsh Three Peaks Challenge on 6 June to support their former colleague’s daughter, six-year-old Cerys Griffiths from Bridgend, who was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and needs a specialist operation which will dramatically increase her mobility.
The day began at 3am for the team to start tackling Snowdon at 4.30am, the highest peak in Wales, where they had to contend with extremely strong winds as they climbed their way up to the 3,569ft summit.
After a journey of an hour and a half, they reached their second destination, Cadair Idris, a 2,930ft mountain no less challenging with its difficult terrains than Snowdon itself.
With the trying experiences of Snowdon and Cadair Idris successfully behind them, the team was joined at 7.30 pm by a further 6 colleagues and their family members at Pen-y-Fan and this is where they were greeted by little Cerys and her parents, Gwyn and Allison Griffiths.
The Welsh Three Peaks challenge amounted to an impressive 26 mile walk and it took the Gallagher team 17 hours to complete it altogether.
Gallagher employee, Colin Dixon, who took part in the challenge, said: “Climbing the Welsh Three Peaks with so many of my co-workers was an amazing experience and it was just astonishing to see how we all came together to help this great cause we care about so deeply.
“The aching muscles, hurting joints and battling the forces of nature throughout a very long day were all worth it when we were met by a smiling Cerys at the end of the day and she gave us that final motivational push we needed to complete the challenge.”
Mike Jones, Regional Managing Director for Arthur J. Gallagher in Wales, said: “I am immensely proud of everyone who took part in the challenge and preparation has been 6 months in the making. I believe we demonstrated that if we put our minds to it, we can go to great lengths to support charitable causes close to our hearts, which is very much in line with our culture here at Arthur J. Gallagher.”
He added: “Our goal was to support this little girl receive the care and surgery she needs, and the teamwork preparing the project, the team building in completing this challenge andthe generosity of everyone who made a donation was extraordinary to witness. It has been a pleasure to be part of such an event.”
Cerys’ mum, Allison Griffiths commented: “It was an unexpected and welcome surprise when Gallagher first came to me back in January with the idea of organising a challenge of this scale to help us reach our target. We are so grateful for what these 42 people did for Cerys. Their fundraising efforts hugely contributed to making this surgery a reality and will go a long way during the hard work Cerys faces when it comes to her post-operation physio and strengthening therapy.”
She added: “It was great to meet the team before they set off to climb their last mountain and it meant a lot for Cerys to see that there are so many people who care about her.”
Cerys and her family are raising funds through the Cymorth I Cerys appeal which is aided by the Tree of Hope – a charity helping families of sick children in the UK who need specialist medical surgery, treatment, therapy and equipment to give them a better quality of life.