CHESTERFIELD: Four generations of one family climb Snowdon

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Four generations of one tenancious family have scaled Wales’ highest mountain to help raise thousands for charity.

Seven members of the Chesterfield-based family – who range from 15 months to 71 years – scrambled for five miles up Mount Snowdon as part of a 140-strong group raising money for Cancer Research UK.

The youngest was Oliver Newbold, who was carried up the mountain in a baby carrier by his mum Rachel Hopkinson, 26, and down again by dad Leigh Newbold, 27.

Joining them was Oliver’s grandad Pete Newbold, 50, grandma Denise Newbold, 48, and his great-grandad Mick Flanagan, 71.

Rachel, from Brimington, said: “It was such a challenge. After the first half mile, I didn’t think I would be able to do it.

“I’m not the fittest of people and those backpacks are heavy, but I wanted to get Oliver to the top for the four generations photograph, and that was incentive for me.”

Pete, who was climbing Snowdon for the fourth time with the clan on May 26, added:

“I am so proud of everyone. Mick said it’s the hardest thing he has ever done. I get emotional thinking about it.

“The path is 45 degrees in some places, and very rocky. It is very difficult to get up there.”

The family – who took eight hours to complete the route – were climbing as part of a larger group raising money in aid of Helen Meacock, a friend of Rachel’s who was diagnosed withbreast cancer in 2011 and who joined them on the trek.

Money is still being counted, but the group have so far raised over £25,000.

“We came down about five hours after the first people finished” added Pete. “Helen had organised a butcher to put on a bbq and drinks, and by the time we got there the butcher had packed away and the drinks had been drunk!

“But it didn’t matter. We were all just so pleased to have completed it together as a family.” To donate visit http://www.justgiving.com/pete-denise-newbold