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Peak of Fitness


Peak of Fitness

Noreen at the bottom of Box Hill

It’ll be worth it in the end

Last week Noreen successfully climbed Box Hill in Surrey as part of her preparation for climbing Mount Snowdon.

It was a long, hard slog and in scorching heat, too, but she did it. She literally crawled up the last 200 metres on her hands and knees and only got to her feet at the top for the final photo! A mark of the determination Noreen has to ensure she completes the challenge and raises as much money as she can for Westminster Befriend a Family.

It may not be in Snowdon’s league but it’s no mean feat climbing Box Hill. It’s the summit of the North Downs and situated about 30 miles south-west of London. The ‘hill’, which takes its name from the ancient box woodland found on the steepest west-facing chalk slope overlooking the River Mole, is 735 feet high. Not exactly what you’d consider as an easy afternoon stroll.

If you’d like to support Noreen along the way, please donate whatever you can by clicking the donate button here: http://www.befriendafamily.co.uk/donate/ and tell your friends to do the same. Thank you.

Noreen after she’d crawled her way to the top

You can also read one of our stories http://www.befriendafamily.co.uk/bonded-together-again/ that show the kind of work we do to support some of the poorest, most vulnerable families get back on their feet.


Heading for the Top

Noreen to take on Snowdon


Noreen Sumra, Chair of the Trustees at Westminster Befriend a Family (WBAF), is putting her foot in it, or, more accurately, putting her feet in it, and hopes to raise a lot of money in the process …

She’s climbing 3,560 feet to the top of Mount Snowdon to help raise money for WBAF’s work helping vulnerable families in Westminster find ways to turn their lives around.

“I’m a regular and keen walker,’ she said, ‘but I haven’t done a challenge like this for a few years. So I decided September 5th is the day and climbing Snowdon is the first step to me eventually climbing the three peaks.”

Along with Snowdon, the three peaks are Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Scotland and Scafell Pike the highest point in the Lake District. She makes no promises about when she will get around to climbing the other two peaks but is determined to get Snowdon under her belt. “I’ve been thinking about doing this for about a year; joining WBAF has been the motivation I needed to get going with it.”

Snowdon is the highest peak in Wales and was used by famed climber Edmund Hillary to train for his Mount Everest expedition. Noreen will be using the 735 feet high Box Hill in Surrey as her training ground.

If you want to make sure Noreen doesn’t get hot, sweaty, sore, blistering feet for nothing and want to help a very worthwhile cause in the process, please donate whatever you can afford by clicking on our donate page here:  http://www.befriendafamily.co.uk/donate/.

Thank You.