Burgh le Marsh woman’s hike raises £1,000 for charity

Great Hike: Jorden Eades, Nikole Herrington, Rich Vincent, Darren Hunt, Carolyn Smith, Paul Shaw, Chris Nagel and Brennan Bieronski.
Great Hike: Jorden Eades, Nikole Herrington, Rich Vincent, Darren Hunt, Carolyn Smith, Paul Shaw, Chris Nagel and Brennan Bieronski.
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A women who was badly injured in a car crash and had to learn to walk again has raised over £1,000 for charity after a trek up Mount Snowdon.

Carolyn Smith, from Burgh le Marsh, took part in the climb earlier this month, braving the windy and cold conditions, and collecting £1,300 in the process.

“We set off from the Miners’ Track at 7.50am, which is about four miles to the summit,” said Carolyn.

The team of eight reached the summit of Snowdon at around 1pm.

And, despite an easy climb to start with, Carolyn says it got harder as the trek progressed. They had to scramble at times and her hip gave way three quarters of the way up.

Carolyn embarked on the fundraiser after suffering serous injuries in a car crash in 2008 in which she was a passenger.

“I damaged my spine, hips and knees and had many more injuries. I also suffered mentally as I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, and three years ago I had a mental breakdown. Over the past five years I’ve rebuilt my life with the help of family and friends,” said Carolyn before the challenge.

Carolyn received support from the Brake charity which helps families and road casualities, so decided to train for the hike over a year ago and raise money in the process.

It took Carolyn 12 hours to complete Mount Snowdon but says ‘it was the best 12 hours of her life’ and thanks all the people who helped her do it.

“I was walking so slow due to injuries. The faster group were amazing, encouraging me along when we caught up with them. I would also like to thank Lisa Kendall from Brake for being behind me every step of the way. And thank you to everyone who sponsored me,” Carolyn said.

To support the Brake charity visit Carolyn’s Justgiving page to make a donation http://www.justgiving.com/carolyn-smith5.