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mountain hero dads shortlisted for fundraising award

A team of dads whose children have life-limiting conditions have been shortlisted for an award after climbing five mountains in 55 hours.

The 16-strong #5in55 group, which included dads, uncles, grandfathers and Tŷ Hafan staff, scaled the mighty Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen-y-Fan peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in July. The challenge, which involved climbing a combined height of 5,187m, has raised more than £30,000 for Tŷ Hafan, the children’s hospice charity which supports their children and their families.

And now the dads are being rewarded for their mountainous efforts, after being shortlisted for “Best Fundraising Team” in this year’s JustGiving Awards.

Coordinator of Tŷ Hafan’s Dads Group, Gareth Jenkins, said: “The dad’s commitment to this challenge was amazing and an inspiration to many people.

“The support shown between the dads was nothing short of incredible. The friendships that developed during this challenge will last a lifetime.

“It was not only responsive to their needs, it empowered them to give something back, sharing experiences good and bad along with combating the isolation they face due to the complexities of parenting a sick child.”

Dad Paul Fears, whose son Greg and family were supported by Tŷ Hafan when Greg was a child, said: “Every Tŷ Hafan dad has his own mountain to climb when caring for a child with a life-limiting condition but we are climbing mountains to support and inspire others.”

The winners of the JustGiving Awards 2018 will be announced at the awards ceremony in November.

Donations are still being accepted for the challenge on the group’s JustGiving page: Tŷ Hafan Dads #5in55 Challenge https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/tyhafan/fiveinfiftyfive