Year 10 student, Rhys Fewings, conquered Mount Snowdon earlier in the month to raise money for Dravet Syndrome UK.
The climb, undertaken on 7 July by Rhys and his mother, Fiona, has currently raised over £650 and will be used to fund research into the rare and disabling Dravet Syndrome; a catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy that first presents in infancy. The charity is close to the family’s heart, as Rhys’ younger brother, Paddy, has Dravet Syndrome, which, along with seizures, also presents in the form of global delay, autism and sensory processing disorder. It is hoped that the money raised will also be used to help other families affected by the condition, providing life-saving equipment and support.
The climb was tough, as Fiona Fewings explains: “The conditions were brutal as it was such a hot day; there were times when I wanted to give up, but Rhys’ determination helped me push through. One of the silver linings of having a child with special needs is them having siblings who have grown up with sensitivity and compassion, who want to make the world a better place.”
Rhys said of the mammoth effort: “It was a long walk up Mount Snowdon and very tiring. But it is very important to me to try and raise money for important charities like Dravet Syndrome UK. I would say to anyone else thinking of doing something similar for charity to just do it; the benefits to others could be life-changing.”
To donate to Dravet Syndrome Research, visit Fiona Fewings' Just Giving Page.