Father and daughter, inspired by plight of loved one, team up to scale Mount Snowdon in aid of Arthritis Research UK

PUBLISHED: 12:09 25 June 2014 | UPDATED: 12:09 25 June 2014

Kev and Julie Welbourn at the summit of Mount Snowdon.

Kev and Julie Welbourn at the summit of Mount Snowdon.

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A father and daughter scaled Mount Snowdon to raise funds for a cause close to their hearts.

Julie Welbourn, of Wisbech, accompanied by her father Kev, climbed the mountain to raise funds for Arthritis Research UK.

Since Julie was a baby, her mother Diane has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, a debilitating condition which leaves her in constant pain and unable to do the simplest tasks.

Ms Welbourn said: “We chose Arthritis Research UK as my mum has suffered with rheumatoid arthritis for about 28 years since I was a tiny baby.

“When her illness is at its worst it has massive effects on her body and stops her doing even the simplest of day to day tasks.

“It is heartbreaking to see someone so special in so much pain.

“Unfortunately we have several elderly members of the family and friends who are in constant pain daily because of this terrible complaint.

“It is the work of Arthritis UK which allows new medicines to be formed, but it is only funded by public donations as they don’t get any government funding.”

Mr Welbourn said the climb, carried out in blazing sunshine, was a gruelling but rewarding experience.

He said: “The climb and descent ended up being just under 11 miles in very hot sunshine. Although the going was very tough with some injuries we had a fantastic time.

“We’ve raised more than £800 already for Arthritis Research UK and with pledges coming in we are hoping to get up to £1,500. It would be amazing to get there.”

You can still donate at justgiving.com/thesnowdonchallenge. To find out more about Arthritis Research UK go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org

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