Spalding Bakery’s windy walk to top of Snowdon

Spalding Bakery staff with cheques for Cancer Research UK and Callum Pite's Smile Charity. SG280916-109TW
Spalding Bakery staff with cheques for Cancer Research UK and Callum Pite's Smile Charity. SG280916-109TW
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Intrepid staff from Addo Food Group’s Spalding Bakery conquered Snowdon while the back end of a storm was lashing the mountain top.

Operations director George Dickson said: “Winds near the summit were gusting at 60mph and the train and cafe at the summit were closed due to the weather.”

The ascent on the 7km Rhyd Ddu path took around three-and-a-half hours but the bakery party had two good reasons to keep going.

They were raising cash for Cancer Research UK and Callum Pite’s Smile Charity, which helps young people with cancer and was set up in memory of a local lad who died from a rare form of bone cancer aged 14 in January 2013.

Mr Dickson was joined on the walk by colleagues including Chris Gadd, Sheryl Bullock, Trace Dance, Paul Palmer, Jason Griffiths, Sam Brittain and Jon Tomlinson and they were supported by fellow bakery staff, many of whom have had their lives touched by cancer either directly or through loved ones.

Mr Dickson said: “We asked people to choose which cause they wished to support and we were extremely pleased and grateful to all our colleagues and friends who donated to two very worthwhile causes.”

In all, the mountain walk raised £3,659 – some £2,100 was presented to Cancer Research UK and a cheque for £1,559 was given to Callum’s mum, Michelle, for the Smile Charity. Spalding Bakery chose Callum’s charity as its charity of the year and has so far raised £3,100.

Mr Dickson said: “As a local business we feel it is very important that we give something back to the local community and we have plans to do further fundraising events over the coming months.”

On Friday Spalding Bakery was fundraising again, taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan.

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