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Family’s £3,000 summit

Posted on May 30 2017 at 3:46:51

Hilary and family

An Alvechurch resident who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease last October has defied medical expectations to climb Snowdon and raise £3,000 for research into the illness.

Hilary Hughes, aged 77, made the ascent with 16 of her family and friends, including her eight grandchildren, the youngest of whom is aged four.

The group were lucky enough to have perfect weather, and reached the summit in about three hours.

The money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association was raised through donations plus proceeds from a bring and buy sale held by Hilary’s fellow Alvechurch WI members.

“When I was diagnosed I didn’t know much about MND, so I did some research and found that there is no cure, no treatment apart from pain relief, and not much awareness,” says Hilary.

“I decided that I wanted to do something dramatic and challenging to raise money for research as well as awareness, especially for younger sufferers. I’ve been up Snowdon several times previously, but this time really was a challenge!

“The doctors told me my prognosis was six months to one year, but almost six months to the day since I was diagnosed, I was standing on the top of Snowdon.”

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