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Wet, windy but a worthwhile walk for the Cavell Nurses’ Trust

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When I looked out of the window last Saturday it was raining. Actually it wasn’t just raining, it was pouring. It was the sort of autumn day when staying inside seems like the sensible option.

But staying in was not an option, for it was the day of the #10kForNurses organised by Cavell Nurses’ Trust, the charity that supports nursing staff experiencing personal or financial problems.

“Undeterred, off we trudged wearing full waterproofs over our Cavell Nurses’ Trust T-shirts”

As a result, around 100 nurses, students, charity staff and supporters – plus at least one journalist – took on the challenge of walking 10km on the highest mountain in Wales.

Among them were me, Nursing Times’ senior conference producer Gwyn Davies and senior account manager Oliver Samkin.

The original plan had been to walk up the Llanberis path to the summit. However, thanks to the atrocious weather Plan A had been abandoned and replaced multiple times with new plans.

As the walk’s chief guide, Jason, told me, we were now on Plan L, which meant walking up the path as far as the appropriately named Halfway House café and back again to fulfil our 10km.

The change of plan(s) was courtesy of Storm Callum, which over the course of Friday and Saturday led to some of the worst flooding for 30 years in parts of Wales.

Undeterred, off we trudged wearing full waterproofs over our Cavell Nurses’ Trust T-shirts. Despite being in the ‘shelter’ of the north side of Snowdon, the wind was fierce and the rain in our faces. The experience was like being constantly pricked in the face with pins but at least my pores are nice and clean.

We battled up the path, sometimes, clinging to a fence or, when the wind was really gusting, each other. But the banter was good and the smiles were present, though often in a slightly grim and determined way. I soon gave up wringing the water out of my gloves and concentrated on the near pointless exercise of trying to keep my hood up.

“Between the three of us, we have raised £820 for the charity”

My phone also gave up before we had got very far. While trying to take a picture of some sheep sheltering under a wall, the combined wind and rain meant it could not focus and simply turned itself off, claiming its battery was flat. I knew how it felt.

We called a halt around 20 minutes further on from the Halfway House, where the fence ended and the path turned into the wind on its way to the summit. Just in case I had been considering a solo bid for the top, it was at this point that the wind practically lifted me off my feet. Luckily someone grabbed me.

Back in the warmth of the Padern Hotel, there was relief, plenty of jokes, the odd pint or more, plus an awful lot of water on the floor. It had already become one of those ‘were you on the Cavell Snowdon walk in Storm Callum?’ moments, which will live long in the memory.

More importantly, so far, between the three of us, we have raised £820 for the charity and there is still time to contribute via our JustGiving page.

For the record, on Sunday the Nursing Times team successfully summited at the nearby peak of Moel Siabod. However, the ascent was not without incident; I split my shorts and fell in a stream. Luckily, neither Gwyn nor Oliver had cameras at the ready.

Cavell Nurses' Trust

Snowdon

Source: John Orchard

The #10kForNurses team from Nursing Times ready to go at the Padern Hotel, Llanberis, 13 October 2018 (Gwyn Davies, Steve Ford and Oliver Samkin)

Cavell Nurses' Trust

Snowdon

Source: John Orchard

Departure: Ready to leave the Padern Hotel, Llanberis, on our way to do the #10kForNurses on Snowdon, 13 October 2018

Cavell Nurses' Trust

Snowdon

Source: John Orchard

The #10kForNurses team at the Halfway House on Snowdon, 13 October 2018

Cavell Nurses' Trust

Snowdon

Source: John Orchard

Afterwards: The #10kForNurses team from Nursing Times returns to the Padern Hotel, Llanberis, 13 October 2018 (Gwyn Davies and Steve Ford)

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