19th-20th June 2021

Snowdonia for My Dad

Caroline and Gareth talk about their father Matt, and why they continue to climb Snowdon each year.

“We’ve been supporting the Prostate Cancer Research (PCR) ever since our father Matt was first introduced to them by his consultant oncologist at University College London in 2004. First, in 2006, Gareth and Matt trekked to the top of Kilimanjaro in Africa, raising several thousand pounds for PCRC along the way.

Soon afterwards, Matt worked with PCRC to start Snowdon 500, the event which has now evolved to become Snowdonia for Science. Every year since 2009 we have supported Snowdon 500 as volunteers – meaning we have both climbed Snowdon more than most people (Gareth stopped counting at 25)!

The event has become a firm fixture in our annual calendars. Each year it is fun for us to meet people taking part in the challenge; and to be part of the team of volunteers and PCR staff helping to make the event run well.

Of course what matters most is that we are contributing to research into prostate cancer, helping men in the future have access to life-prolonging treatment options that weren’t available in the past. That was always the driving motivation for our father. Although he’s no longer with us we’re proud to continue to support the event he started, and we know he’d be proud that we continue to do so as well.”

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