A BRAVE group aged from six to 72 are going on a family outing with a difference, climbing Mount Snowdon in aid of charity.
Leigh cabbie Ray Woodcock, 72, will tackle one of the more arduous routes up Mount Snowdon with son Marc, 35, grandchildren Brandon, 13, and Sean, six, along with friend Wolf Jaeckel, also 72, who has a cardiac pacemaker.
They are all taking on the challenge to raise money for the Taxi Drivers’ Charity Fund for Children, which takes 150 children in need on an annual outing by taxi. It also holds an Easter party at St Thomas More School and takes 50 children to a starstudded event at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.
The trek is nothing new for Ray, who has been in the Guinness Book of World Records twice for his daring feats – completing the highest civilian tandem skydive, in November 2012, and breaking the record for the highest bungee jump into water in September 2013.
As well as raising money for the Taxi Drivers’ Fund he said he also wanted to give his grandchildren an experience they would never forget and help a friend achieve one of his own cherished goals.
He said: “It’s getting a couple of children on an extreme climb which theywill remember for the rest of their lives and Wolf, who’s had a dream to get to the top there so, even if I have to carry them all, we’ll make it.”
Although Ray has climbed Snowdon’s summit before, he did so with son Marc on the relatively easygoing Llanberis Path, though this time the party will be tackling the sheerer Miners’ Track.
He said: “It’s quite steep in a couple of places, so I’m going to have to keep an eye on the whole situation – my son is looking after Brandon and Sean and I will be half a step behind Wolf to make sure he sets the pace.”
Ray added he still felt “wounded”
after having to cancel a 20,000 metre climb to Mount Everest base camp two years ago, when a border skirmish between Nepal and China led to his flight being cancelled.