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The 24-7 Staffing team on Snowdon

Recruiters tackle Snowdon in wind and rain to raise funds for teen

A team from Chippenham-based recruiter 24-7 Staffing tackled gales, rain and cold on Snowdon to raise funds for a colleague whose teenage son is battling cancer.

The team of 14 – including 24-7 Staffing colleagues, and their friends and families – attempted the climb but were forced to turn back not far from the summit, due to the strong winds.

But their attempt wasn’t in vain and the climb, along with other fundraising efforts, have raised more than £3,300 so far.

The money will be donated to 17-year-old Lackham College student Daniel Weir, whose mum, Jo, is 24-7 Staffing’s quality manager.

Daniel, from Chippenham, has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, called Ewing Sarcoma, and is undergoing extensive treatment in hospital.

Julian Thompson, managing director at Chippenham-based 24-7 Staffing, took part with his wife and co-director, Melody, and their three children. Daniel’s dad Derek, a keen mountaineer, was proudly leading the way.

Julian said: “It was so windy that we were at risk of being blown onto rocks. We almost got to the top but were forced to turn back. Despite all this, we had a great time, it didn’t kill our spirits and there was a genuine feeling of teamwork.

“We were keeping in touch with Dan and Jo on WhatsApp, so they could feel part of it too as Daniel was in hospital having treatment.

Everyone’s friends, family and connections have been so generous in making donations, it has really demonstrated the power of people pulling together for a common cause.”

Funds have also been boosted by another of the 24-7 Staffing team bravely dyeing his hair purple, and two more are giving up drinking for October.

Donations are still being taken for Daniel and his family, who plan to use the money to create memorable experiences together with older brother Harvey, and they are also being supported by the Teenage Cancer Trust.

To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dan-snowdon