From DIY to doing it for others

Boston Wickes manager Geoff Long.
Boston Wickes manager Geoff Long.

THROUGH wind, rain, sleet and snow, a Boston store manager battled to the highest point in Wales to raise money for blood cancer research.

Geoff Long, 39, was one of 18 Wickes managers from across the Midlands to scale Mount Snowdon in support of Leukaemia and Lymphona Research.

The charity has been the do-it-yourself chain’s national partner since 2006, with more than £1.6 million raised so far.

The intrepid group added more than £2,500 to the total with the climb earlier this month, fuelled by donations from family, friends and colleagues.

But it was by no means a walk in the National Park.

“The weather was definitely challenging,” said Geoff.

“We had rain, sleet and snow. It was definitely hard work,” he added, speaking of 30mph-plus winds.

It took the fundraisers seven hours to complete the climb, one more than expected.

Geoff said he felt a sense of achievement on reaching the summit, but it had competition from the weather.

“I haven’t been that cold, I think, ever,” he said.

Geoff, who lives in Peterborough, stressed the value of the cause behind the climb, though, with he and his colleagues planning more fundraisers for later this year.

“Regardless of what we did it was all about why we were doing it,” he said. “It’s always about raising money for a cause.”

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