Fundraisers in an advance group reached the 1,085-metre high summit, but others following on behind had to turn back as the weather deteriorated with snow falling. Intouch Foundation fundraising manager Faisal Tariq said: “As our group was making its way to the summit we saw a rescue helicopter and heard the tragic news that someone had fallen off the mountain. The weather was getting worse so we made the decision to turn back. We were only about 10 minutes from the summit.” He added: “I’ve climbed the mountain four times and this was the hardest by far. But because it was so difficult everyone who took part felt they’d really accomplished something. I’d like to say a special ‘well done’ to the UAK students who came on board as part of their coursework. They made it to the summit!”
UAK citizenship teacher Chris Dring (pictured) also thanked Intouch for organising a safe, successful and fun event adding: “The students loved every second of it, although they found it slightly challenging at times.”
Mr Tariq expects the event to raise between £3,000 and £5,000 for the foundation’s mobile kitchens which operate in Keighley, Bradford and Leeds.