A sales manager has put his best feet forward to support his company’s year-long campaign to support West Suffolk Hospital’s Rainbow Ward.
Bury St Edmunds-based Frames Conservatories Direct (FCD) is fund-raising this year to buy new portable heart monitors for the children’s ward. All its staff have been encouraged to get involved and sales manager Michael Walls did just that.
He and his family climbed Mount Snowdon during the Easter weekend and raised an amazing £1,100.
Michael, his daughters Suzanne, Nicole and Lisa, son-in-law Matt and dogs Jess and Jack trekked for 16 miles using the hardest route of the mountain - climbing up the South Ridge from Rhyd Dhu - to a breath-taking 3,000 feet high.
The Watkin Path is known to be the toughest route, but Michael and his family were not expecting it to be quite so challenging.
Michael said: “The first part of climb was just like a pleasant family walk in the sun then as we climbed higher we came across terrain which required full-on hands and feet scrambling climbing techniques. It all added to the challenge and the sense of achievement we felt at the end.”
He was part of a team from FCD who visited the Rainbow Ward earlier this year and saw and heard for himself how important the portable heart monitors are.
He said: “I had always wanted to climb Snowdon and listening to Dawn Dorrington, the ward manager, talk about what a difference the new monitors will make to the patients just spurred me on.”
FCD is aiming to raise £12,000 during the year to buy four portable cardiac scanners. It has already held a successful quiz night and has two golf days planned as well as a coastal bike road and a charity football match.
Its staff will also be participating in the It’s a Bury Knockout tournament organised by the West Suffolk Hospital Charity at Hardwick Heath on July 26.
FCD managing director Adrian Lewis said: “I’m really proud of Michael and his family – they have boosted the funds to get us even closer to buying that first scanner.”