Published on: Thursday 25 Jul 2019 at 08:42
Brave sole and hospice hero, Ruth, completes daring barefoot climb up Ben Nevis in aid of St Clare!
On Saturday 20th July, a local St Clare Hospice supporter left her walking boots at the foot of the UK’s highest peak to scale the mountain barefoot – all in aid of our charity.
Ruth McManus-O’Connell, from Dunmow, volunteered at St Clare Hospice throughout 2018-19, whilst she was training at the organisation as a student social worker.
“Having seen St Clare’s amazing care and support first-hand, and knowing that it is mostly funded by voluntary donations, just made me feel that I needed to do my bit to help out,” Ruth explains.
Inspired by St Clare’s care and support for both patients and their family members, Ruth took an incredible ‘feet’ to climb Ben Nevis with no shoes on – all the way to the top of the 1,345m mountain, which is the UK’s highest peak.
“Armed with some VERY tough feet, a decent first aid kit, good company and, most importantly, my faithful walking boots (just in case!), I made it to the summit of Ben Nevis and raised more than £1,000 for St Clare!” says Ruth.
“I have been to the summit of Ben Nevis many times now, but the barefoot challenge made this climb extra special and exciting for me. The cloud was very low on the day I climbed, and I was concerned that the summit would be too cold to stay barefoot all the way to the top. However, the weather stayed in my favour and I made it – though it was a somewhat foggy, but mild, summit.”
In gratitude to all who sponsored her and donated to the Hospice, Ruth said, “St Clare offers such an amazing service to our community, and every penny raised will make a difference to patients and their families. Thank you so much for everyone’s kind words, support and donations. It was a genuine pleasure to do this for such a worthy cause.”
Challenges and Events Fundraiser at St Clare, Emma Broadbent, commented: “When Ruth told us she wanted to climb Ben Nevis barefoot, we thought it was such an unusual challenge – but a really exciting and fun achievement for Ruth to have under her belt! We’re so grateful for Ruth’s amazing fundraising during this adventure, which has brought in more than £1,000 in vital funds so far. A huge thank you to everyone who sponsored Ruth and donated!
“Taking on a challenge is such an amazing way to raise money for your local Hospice,” Emma adds. “Not only are you contributing to making our care and support for local families possible – you’re also giving yourself the opportunity to do something amazing and memorable for yourself! Whether it’s a skydive, mud-run, trek, walk or climbing a mountain barefoot – let your imagination run wild and get in touch with our team today!”
For more information about taking on a challenge in aid of St Clare, visit: stclarehospice.org.uk/get-involved/challenges
Alternatively, contact Emma Broadbent on 01279 773754 or email [email protected]