Snowden charity climb raises thousands for hospice

From left to right: Caitlin; Tammy; Martin and Lee Ingber are pictured at St John’s Hospice.

A group of charity walkers have scaled Mount Snowden to raise over £2,500 for our hospice charity.

Family and friends of Jessie Ingber from Bentley, who passed away in St John’s Hospice in July, took on the 11km round climb up the highest mountain in Wales, now known by its traditional Welsh name Yr Wyddfa, to remember her and say thank you for her care.

Son Lee Ingber said: “Mum and all our family received such fantastic care from the Hospice.

“As soon as she went there, we all felt so well looked after. Nothing was too much trouble and even our dog was able to visit.”

He added: “We’ve done some charity walks in the past, so we decided to climb Snowden on Saturday 2 September – and were amazed when a total of 17 people came on board to take part and help us raise funds to say thank you to St John’s Hospice.”

The challenge was a real family affair with Jessie’s beloved husband Martin driving the long four-hour journey from Bentley, before 13 of the intrepid walkers took on the three and a half-hour climb to the Snowden summit.

Lee Ingber is pictured at the Snowden summit with a photo of his mum Jessie Ingber. Lee, who carried a photo of his mum all the way added: “We were totally unaware when we set off that both my daughter Caitlin and I had Covid, but as the time went on, we both began to feel unwell. I was able to continue, but she was unable to carry on due to her asthma – I’m so proud of her for trying so hard for Mum.”

Jessie’s husband Martin Ingber said: “Jessie was a wonderful wife, mum, nanna, and best friend. So to have raised so much money is testament to how well-loved she was.

“I’d like to say thank you to everyone who agreed to take part in the challenge, donated money at the wake, as well as Tea wi’ Two Café and Donny Cabs for having hospice donation tins on their premises – I’m completely overwhelmed by all their support!”

St John’s Hospice Fundraiser Lindsey Richards said: “Well done and thank you to everyone involved for raising such a huge amount of money!

“We’re always so grateful when families decide to fundraise for us and say thank you to our wonderful Hospice Team for all of their hard work, it means so much to know we make such a difference for everyone we care for.”

The Snowden walkers are pictured with Martin Ingber (centre) from left to right: Lee Ingber; Jamie Black; Ash Evans; Sarah Sherwin; Rikki Maguire; Tammy Ingber; Kerry Myatt; James Sams; David Porter; Nicola Grundy; Caitlin Ingber and Lauren Christmas.