Kayley Woollacott - widow of the late Richard Woollacott - tackled the Welsh peaks with her family last weekend, bravely enduring the intense heat and completing the Welsh 3000s Challenge.
The Welsh 3000s is an incredibly tough challenge, those attempting it are tasked with visiting the top of all 15 mountains over 3000ft in Wales within three days, including the very exposed Crib Goch. The total distance covered is 62kms, with a mixture of grassland and rocky climbing terrain.
Since the death of Richard in January this year, Kayley and her family have chosen to raise money for three amazing charities - Injured Jockeys Fund, Devon Air Ambulance and Mind - reaching over £45,000 with gift aid thanks to support from sponsors including bookmaker Coral, trainer Harry Fry, racehorse owner Simon Muir and many more.
(The team after completing the 15 peak challenge)
Kayley wasn't exactly looking forward to the challenge, having only fitted in one four-mile training walk with her daughter Arabella and her pony Fred, but she takes comfort in knowing the money raised is helping others.
Kayley said: "We chose to do something as a family, a challenge that very nearly broke us all both mentally and physically. It was a challenge in every sense of the word, but it showed how much support we have for one another and what amazing things can be achieved as a team. It was horrendously tough, throwing me completely out of my comfort zone but I learnt a lot whilst we were walking through the beautiful mountain scenery of Wales and it was an opportunity to vent a lot of emotions. Now I can recover knowing that the money we've raised is helping people."
"We can't thank the hundreds of people who have helped us enough, there have been so many lovely people donating and supporting us either through money or doing their own challenges for our chosen charities. It was only right we did something too."
It's frightening just how common suicide is, with 84 men a week taking their own life because they suffer with a mental health illness. It is slowly becoming more common to speak out about mental illness, but it is still not being discussed in the same way you'd talk about other life debilitating physical illnesses like cancer.
Read more about Woollacott's Welsh 3000s and donate via Virgin Money; https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/WoollacottsWelsh3000s
- Kayley Woollacott - Richard's Wife
- Stephanie Jones - Kayley's Sister
- Stuart Jones - Kayley's Brother
- Tom Coombe - Kayley's Step-Brother
- Roz Coombe - Kayley's Step-Sister
- Naomi Taylor - Tom's partner
- Martyn Jones - Kayley's Father
- Yvette Campbell - Kayley's Mum
- Nicole Jones - Kayley's Step-Mum
- Arabella Woollacott - Kayley and Richard's daughter
(The team were raising funds for Devon Air Ambulance, Injured Jockeys Fund and Mind)