Published On: Wed, Apr 16th, 2014 on 12:10 am

Local trekkers walk for water by hiking up the highest mountain in Wales

Penny Appeal Walk For Water

Trekkers get ready to scale Mount Snowdon

30 people from Bradford have joined 100 others from across the UK to hike up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.

On 12 April, trekkers took on the challenge to scale the mountain – 1,085 metres above sea level – to provide water wells for water-scarce communities in Asia.

Organised by Yorkshire-based charity Penny Appeal, trekkers had to raise enough money to fund a well, which would then be installed in a community that needed it the most.

Khalil Benkhalil, Penny Appeal’s Fundraising Officer and event organiser, recounted the hike, saying: “There were strangers supporting each other and guiding each other as part of one big family. It was a great team effort.”

A total of 200 wells have been built as a result, which will now go on to provide families with safe drinking water, along with helping communities to grow their own food and live a healthier life.

Rizwana Bibi from Bradford said: “I had such an amazing experience trekking up Mount Snowdon. My back is killing – standard aftermath pain. But I feel so proud having helped these people in a poor region in Pakistan.”

Yousaf Razaq, Head of Fundraising, added: “This is what great fundraising is all about; people coming together for a worthy cause, supporting each other, having fun and making new friends.

“I hope our Snowdon trek will inspire others to get involved and make a difference.”

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