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Scaling Pen y Fan in memory of teenager

March 6th, 2020
The 2019 Brecon Beacons Night Hike was a huge success.

People will be following in a teenager’s footsteps this month to scale one of Wales’ highest peaks to raise money for Cancer Research Wales.

Tom  was the youngest of 90 people who defied cold and wet conditions to tackle Pen y Fan in the first Brecon Beacons Night Hike in 2018.

Family, friends and teachers retraced the steps of the young Monmouth School for Boys’ pupil last year and they will be uniting to do the 9km hike again on Friday 20th March.

Guided and supported by professional mountain leaders, the hikers will light up the night sky whilst climbing Pen y Fan from Storey Arms; before descending back down via the National Trail.

The hike begins at 6.45pm and participants must be over 12 years of age with all under 18s accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The money raised from the hike will go towards the cost of a PhD research project, set up by Tom’s family with support from Cancer Research Wales, into Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

Tom, a caring and considerate boy, was just 13 when he died in June 2018, from leukaemia.

Since then, Tom’s parents, Tim and Debbie, sisters Holly and Emily, and the community in the Monmouth area, have worked tirelessly to raise more than £100,000 in his memory.

To book a place on the Brecon Beacons Night Hike, please visit:

Meanwhile, Tom’s sisters, Holly and Emily, have been nominated for a prestigious national prize.

Holly and Emily, both pupils at Monmouth School for Girls, have been nominated for the Young Fundraiser honour in the Child of Wales Awards.

The annual event recognises the achievements and inspirational stories of children in Wales.

The Child of Wales Awards will take place at the Celtic Manor in Newport on Friday 3rd April. Carol Vorderman MBE is presenting the event with former Wales rugby player Ian Gough.

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