Specsavers regional relationship manager for Essex, Roy Thorogood has hiked the highest mountain in Wales as part of a team of Specsavers directors and managers, in a touching tribute to their team member’s late wife, who recently passed away from heart failure.

Raising money for PHA

The group of nine walked to raise money for Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK – the charity dedicated to helping people with the rare disease which Priya Mistry passed away from, age 32.

Alpesh Mistry, who is store director at Specsavers Dunstable and Biggleswade, said he was touched to hear of his colleagues’ plans for the walk:

‘It was such an amazing gesture from them – one that means a lot to me. It’s not an easy hike to undertake and the fact they did it in memory of Priya and managed to raise such a great amount of money at the same time is truly lovely.’

The hiking group, who arrived from Cambridgeshire, Essex and Herts the day before, departed on their walk at 7:15 am, returning eight hours later. It was a steep journey - Mount Snowdon is the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands, sitting 1,085 m above sea level.

A tough hike

Roy said of the hike: ‘It was a tough hike with a lot of wind and some moments with steep inclines, but it was for an amazing cause in memory of a great person and I think that’s what kept us all motivated to make it to the summit.’

The team managed to raise £530 for Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK, with plans to add to this total with further fundraising efforts throughout the year.

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