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They went up a hill but came down a mountain

16 July 2015

This year, in celebration of 50 years of the carers movement, Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, has been taking on a personal challenge to help raise vital funds to make life better for carers.

2015 will see Heléna climb 50 hills, one for each of our 50 years. The hills will vary in size – some will be small and fairly easy to overcome, others will be tougher and a big test of strength and determination, much like caring.

On Monday 13th July, in a very wet, windy and foggy Wales, Heléna, along with staff from our offices, three of our Carers Ambassadors, representatives from Nutricia including Kate’s son Nathaniel, aged 6 (the young lad dressed as a dog) embarked on climbing Garth Hill in Cardiff.

Christopher Monger, a native of nearby Taff’s Well wrote the novel The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain which was made into a film starring Hugh Grant in 1995. The location of the fictional "Ffynnon Garw" above the author's home village, suggests that it is the Garth, however, the story is fictional. The popular film resulted in a stream of visitors climbing to the summit of Garth Mountain to view the location.

Having survived the extremely inclement weather, Heléna and the others reached the top, albeit soaking wet as she crossed off hill number 17 of her challenge.

If hill climbing is not for you, then there are lots of other ways that you can get involved in supporting our 50th anniversary. With your help, we can reach those who are struggling without support and, as a movement, we can fight for all carers to be properly recognised and valued so that no one has to care alone.

For more information take a look at our special 50th anniversary website

Ready to go!

Ready to go

:The intrepid climbers

At the top

Wet  Windy at the top

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