Volunteer Rebecca is climbing South Wales highest mountain ten times in 24 hours

13 May 2017 10:30

The incredible Rebecca Pogson-Hughes-Emanuel and her team of merry climbers is tackling ten climbs of Pen-Y-Fan in just 24 hours this weekend.

Unstoppable Rebecca is one of our charity’s most amazing supporters and regularly fundraises for us.

Her latest challenge is to climb Pen-Y-Fan, the highest mountain in South Wales, ten times in under 24 hours. For those achieving all ten climbs this will involve climbing through the night, covering the equivalent of 40 miles in distance and height of Mount Everest.

Photo of fundraiser Penny standing at the summit of Wales' highest peak
Captain Rebecca Pogson-Hughes-Emanuel is a serving Army Officer and a registered volunteer at our charity. For the last six years she has guided blind veterans on our annual ski trip. She also helps assist veterans at some of our other challenge events about three times a year.

Rebecca views this latest challenge as ‘just a little something’ to keep her ticking over.
"I have been meaning to do this challenge for a few years but until now the dates have never worked as I've always been away."

They will be supported through the challenge by a team made up of family and friends.

“We are very fortunate to have the aid of many who have volunteered to do tasks such as run our support tent, arrive at midnight to do a couple of laps with us through the dark hours or visit to offer moral support throughout the event – thank you. It means a lot to us all”.

Her team comprises of her dad Craig Bancroft, uncle - Marcus Bancroft, friend Helyn Salt, brother-in-law Ceri Stephens and work colleagues Jon Furness, Major Grant Thimsen and Colonel Ed Heal.

Photo of Penny, a man and a guide dog at the summit of Pen Y Fan
Clearly a sucker for punishment Rebecca is also taking part in Blind Veterans UK’s 100k London to Brighton challenge over the weekend of July 1-2, also paired with blind veteran Alan Lock.

The charity wishes Rebecca and her fantastic team the best of luck this weekend.

To show your support for her, please click here.