Support service staff in the Moorlands have raised more than £1,000 for their organisation by climbing Mount Snowdon. Linda Kirke, Olivia Rowley, Abbie Hollis, Ellie Cartlidge, Jade Wigley, Stephen Page and Margaret Grahamslaw all took on the challenge to fundraise for Citizens Advice Cheadle as part of its 50th anniversary.
Support service staff in the Moorlands have raised more than £1,000 for their organisation by climbing Mount Snowdon.
Linda Kirke, Olivia Rowley, Abbie Hollis, Ellie Cartlidge, Jade Wigley, Stephen Page and Margaret Grahamslaw all took on the challenge to fundraise for Citizens Advice Cheadle as part of its 50th anniversary.
They managed to raise a total of £1,255 – funds which are set to help those in need in the area.
Linda told the Times & Echo: “It was good – it was a challenge – but we enjoyed it.
“We were really lucky with the weather, it didn’t rain until we came down.
“It took us around about four-and-a-half hours to get about 100 yards from the top.
“We had to wait for an hour to get to the actual top (due to queues) and it took two-and-half hours to come down – but we did it.”
The ages of those who participated ranged from 20 to 63.
Olivia, aged 24, explained how the idea of climbing the 3,560-foot mountain as a fundraiser came about. She said: “I was thinking of general ideas of fundraising so a few years ago we did the Three Yorkshire Peaks so I knew that was a big no-no.
“So I said ‘why don’t we walk a mountain, something like Snowdon?’
“It’s obviously quite popular with a lot of people and it (the route) covers a lot of different abilities.
“I’m still impressed with how many of us did it. We’re only a small office and seven of us did it.
“The signal is quite good up Snowdon too so we were checking our phones halfway up to give people a bit of motivation and say that people were donating as we were doing it.”
Linda, aged 55, told of how Citizen’s Advice Cheadle were restricted on doing other proposed fundraisers for the charity’s 50th anniversary due to Covid.
The impact of the pandemic has had a massive effect on how the service operates in the current climate.
“It’s difficult times,” Linda said. “There is a lot of demand for funding now so it’s just a constant battle for us.
“We basically overnight went from a predominantly face-to-face service where we had 90 per cent face appointments to lockdown, to fairly quickly running on a phone and digital service.
“I’ve been with Citizen’s Advice for the past 15 years – it’s unbelievable how much things have changed in the last 18 months compared to previous years.
“The demand is increasing and it’s a constant balancing act between trying to meet the demand and the manage the service.”
Citizen’s Advice Cheadle is nevertheless still carrying out projects, such as schemes to help people get back into work.
It also conducts face-to-face outreach appointment sessions at Cheadle Library once a week and in Werrington once a month for those who cannot contact the service digitally, albeit is still currently predominantly a phone service.
All this is pulling towards the aim of “trying to maintain a service for clients under the umbrella of Citizens Advice in the local area for as long as possible.”
Linda said the money raised from the Snowdon challenge will be of great help to the service.
She added: “The money will be a great help. We are really pleased in terms of the fact we managed it and we did raise a fair bit of money as well.
“So we were really proud of the achievements of everybody. The money will be used for local people and emergency need.
“With the energy bills going up and the loss of the £20 a week in universal credit, it’s going to cause a lot of hardship coming into the winter.
“So we’ve decided to keep it for emergency provision locally and use it effectively for local clients.”
Linda is encouraging people who may need help from the service to get in contact.
Citizens Advice Cheadle can be contacted in a number of ways including: Call 0808 2787951 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm; Text 07800 005037 your name, postcode and contact details 24/7; Emailadmin@citizenadvicecheadle.org.uk.
For help claiming Universal Credit call 0800 1448444; and for consumer advice call 0808 2231133.
Anyone who would like to donate to the charity can do so via its Just Giving page atwww.justgiving.com/team/50yearsofcacheadle.
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