Chrissy, Nancy, Gemma and Mia, who all attended the school from 2010 onwards, were motivated to undertake the challenge in order to raise money for the Hospice in the Weald after it provided palliative care for Nancy’s Mum, Clare, during the last weeks of her life.
The team of girls made the eight-hour journey to Snowdonia in Wales in order to climb the mountain – despite one of the group suffering with severe asthma.
“With determination the former St Gregory’s students successfully reached the summit in just over five hours, beating the average eight hours it normally takes,” a spokesperson for the school based in Reynolds Lane told the Times.
Their climb has raised an incredible £1,390 for the Hospice, an organisation which supports patients with terminal illness and provides emotional help to those around them. Talking about the care her mother received, Nancy praised the Hospice saying:
“They made sure she was comfortable and pain free, so that we could all make the most of her last few weeks.
“All her family and friends could visit whenever they wanted, which she loved. They ran many different activities, which did help to make us smile during such an awful time. This included making keepsakes for us, which we still treasure to this day.”
After her mother had passed away Nancy, along with her friends, was inspired to raise money to support the hospice.
“We chose to fundraise for Hospice in the Weald because it is so vitally important that others in this position receive the love and care that my mum did.”