Firefighter inspired by his son to climb Pen y Fan 10 times in 24 hours

On Saturday, May 13th, Port Talbot Firefighter, Craig Hedges and his wife Leanne will aim to conquer the summit of Pen-y-Fan, the highest mountain in South Wales, ten times in 24 hours for charity.

In February 2014, Craig and Leanne’s son, Luke, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 7.

Three years on, Luke is still receiving treatment for this disease and has shown tremendous bravery, strength and determination throughout, missing out on many things most children take for granted but never complaining and always has a smile on his face.

Firefighter Craig Hedges said, “In keeping with Luke’s attitude, we are taking on this challenge to raise awareness and support for two charities linked with childhood illnesses, including cancer, Dreams and Wishes and 2 Wish Upon A Star.”

“As parents of a child diagnosed with cancer, we have seen how important certain charities are to families going through the same pain, stress and uncertainty that this disease causes them and their loved ones.  Therefore, we have chosen to take part in this year’s Ten-y-Fan challenge to help these two charities.”

The Ten y Fan challenge is an annual event to climb Pen y Fan mountain, 10 times in 24 hours.  To put this challenge in perspective, this means over 40 miles in total, and those that complete the full 10 climbs will have achieved the same overall height as Everest!

To donate and support Craig and Leanne raise as much money as possible for these two noble charities, please visit their fundraising page.