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The team at the top of Snowdon

Climbers hike to summit for a cause close to their hearts

by Gemma Melling

A dedicated team including Gulliver’s World staff have raised more than £1,500 by ‘turning Snowdon yellow’, inspired by a toddler from Newton-le-Willows.

To mark Wear Yellow for Cystic Fibrosis Day on June 16, the team of friends and colleagues from the theme park tackled the peak of Snowdon, the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands.

They took on tha challenge to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a charity that supports people with cystic fibrosis to live without limits. Cystic fibrosis is a condition affecting more than 10,800 people in the UK that causes sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive system.

The team of 13 currently included Sarah Downes, Darren Killilea and Jake Berry from the Warrington theme park resort, and Hannah Marsden, from Gulliver’s Kingdom in Matlock Bath.

And the cause is especially close to the heart of team captain Sarah. Her and partner Neil, from Newton-le-Willows, are parents to Jamie, 2, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at four weeks old.

While Jamie’s young life has already included a lot of medication and hospital stays, a new drug is available this autumn which should dramatically improve his quality of life.

Sarah, the guest experience lead for Gulliver’s World, said: “With no family history of cystic fibrosis, Jamie’s diagnosis was a complete shock. Myself and Neil had never even heard of the condition and now it is a huge part of our lives.

“Jamie is currently on 24 medications or treatments a day, he has been admitted to hospital multiple times, he’s had a bronchoscopy and he has had IVs twice for two weeks at a time.

Two year old Jamie on the swings

Jamie, from Newton-le-Willows, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at four weeks old.

“Receiving Jamie’s diagnosis has massively impacted us as a family. Parents hate seeing their child poorly, but we have to go through that a lot. Due to cystic fibrosis being such a complex condition, it affects most of the body. Raising money helps fund more research into new drugs and therapies to improve the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis.

“I’ve done a fundraiser every year since Jamie’s diagnosis. The first year I ran 100km over five weeks, the second year I took part in the cystic fibrosis Mama Challenge and helped raised £43,000 for the charity. ”

Talking about the latest fundraiser, Sarah said: “The day went so well and everyone was really proud of themselves, it was tough but everyone did amazing. On the day I felt overwhelmed and so grateful that everyone had turned up wearing yellow and ready to take on this huge challenge for a charity extremely close to my heart!

Jamie in the car with mum and dad, Neil and Sarah.

Jamie with mum and dad, Neil and Sarah.

“Our current fundraising total so far is £1,518 with a few more cash donations to be added.

“I’d like to say a massive thanks to everyone getting involved and to Gulliver’s, who have been so understanding of my situation and always supported me.”

For more information and to make a donation to the team, visit their fundraising page.


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