Coco’s Snowdon Challenge – “Best Room With A View”

Some 8 months ago I was talking to my friend Richard Davey, formerly 1LI about an idea in support of The Rifles Care for Casualties which is an appeal that was set up in 2009 to help our wounded soldiers their families and the families of the fallen. Richard has his own furniture removal company “Kwick Move” in Bristol and we discussed the idea of transporting a whole sitting room to the very top of Snowdown (1085m). Permission was kindly given by the Head of Snowdonia National Park.img-20161003-wa0065

74_1475403100862I decided upon the best route, taking into account the huge task that lay before us and the fact that although I had ascended Snowdon many times the majority of the lads had never been on the hills before. Richard began planning how and what furniture we were going to transport from his furniture removal firm based in Bristol and to his delight he was overwhelmed with volunteers from his ‘Porters’ as well as ex-soldiers from the Light Infantry, Royal Green Jackets, Engineers and REME. We had an established team of 25; well they do say one volunteer is better than 10 pressed men.

On Friday 30th September, after travelling from Bristol and as far away as Yorkshire, the team assembled at Penny-Pass Youth Hostel for a briefing and an evening meal.

The following day after breakfast on what was a very damp Saturday morning (1st October) we moved everyone and the furniture van to Llamberris to begin the ascent. The weather was terrible, it was raining and visibility was poor due to the low cloud but we could see the path and so we decided to set off to the call of the Bugle and with smiling faces started to carry all of the furniture that would eventually give us that “Best Room with a View”. It was difficult for everyone involved but despite this no one complained. In fact, quite the opposite all the team were in high spirits, laughing and joking their way to the top. We were applauded by day walkers and tourists alike, wishing us well and putting donations into our collection tins and wearing their RIFLES C4C Wristbands.

At about 1130 hrs we reached the summit, 3 ½ hrs after we had set off. We then proceeded into the Café where all of the tourists were resting and sheltering from the intense weather, Bugle Major CAMBO, ex 1LI, played a short piece and then I gave a brief talk about The Rifles and Care for Casualties resulting in hearty applause for our efforts and even more donations.20161001_144243

We then begin to assemble the sitting room at the top of the summit proudly displaying The Rifles Flag as a backdrop to our “Best room with a View”. We even had a picture of the Queen and EastEnders on the TV.

We then dismantled every piece of furniture and carried it all back down before returning to our Youth Hostel at 1630 hrs.

I would like to personally thank every single person in the team, my camera man and IT expert Julian Allen who recorded everything despite carrying a painful injury, Richard Davey, owner of Kwick Move of Bristol for his brilliant contribution in organising everything and to his porters who actually worked the Friday before and for giving up their weekend to raise funds for Care for Casualties. Many thanks to all our Sponsors including the 3 pubs in Bristol.img-20161003-wa0086

This project alongside many of my other crazy fundraising activities has been very rewarding to me and everyone involved. There will now be lots more people going back to their home towns, knowing a bit more about the biggest Infantry Regiment in the British Army THE RIFLES.

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Every penny raised is used to help our injured Soldiers their families and families of the fallen.

My Just Giving page currently stands at £6,500 if you would like to donate please click on the following link:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/PAUL-COCORANSnowdonMountainbestroomwithaview