REACHING THE SUMMIT FOR CHARITY

Sonya Cole and her mum Jean, facing the Snowdon Challenge

A valued member of the Radfield Home Care Stafford branch faced an enormous challenge for charity last month, under the most difficult conditions. Sonya Cole, field coordinator for the branch and her mum Jean, climbed Snowdon in support of the Alzheimer’s society.

The Alzheimer’s Society is very dear to Sonya, as her ‘Nanny June’ suffers from Vascular Dementia and it was Sonya’s wish to raise as much money as she possibly could for this amazing charity. Sonya created a ‘Just Giving’ page and to date, with other sponsors has managed to raise a whopping £650.

The ladies arrived in Wales the night before the challenge, and kindly kept Radfield Home Care up to date with the challenge they faced. Sonya commented,

“When we arrived and got unpacked, mum realised that she had forgotten her walking boots, but she explained that it was not going to stop her and she carried on regardless. We definitely needed to be pack plenty of waterproof clothing as the forecast was for rain, although we were told that there was snow at the summit, and it looked beautiful!”

The Snowdon challenge was a huge success. The ladies managed to take off their coats and enjoy the walk as the sun came out! As they reached the peak, Sonya sent a message to the team and explained,

“This is where it really started to get very hard and we were both on our hands and knees getting up. The cold air came in and the snow and hail was coming down, but we still kept going. So pleased I went and bought myself a new coat and hat, we had so many layers on as we had been told it could be as cold as -4 degrees and it was!”

Sonya’s mum Jean unfortunately had a fall and the conditions became more challenging and badly hurt her hand, but she didn’t give up and again carried on regardless. At the summit, the ladies met some very inspirational people, all with a compelling reason for wanting to take the challenge of Snowdon on. Sonya explained,

“We met and walked with some wonderful people, all of whom had an inspiring reason to raise money for their own charity and it was wonderful to be a part of something so special. All of my friends at Radfield were so supportive, and my aim for next year will be for a Radfield team to face the challenge, and hopefully raise further awareness and money for this fantastic charity.”

Teresa James, registered manager commented,

“Our staff go above and beyond in all circumstances. They are all so passionate about what they do, and Sonya is such a great example of this. We are all so proud of what Sonya and her mum achieved, and with so many of our clients living with Dementia, I can’t think of better charity to support!”