THE SUMMIT IS REACHED!!!
Despite the steady rain and the swirling mist that accompanied them all the way to the top, a very delighted and relieved team of seven celebrated accomplishing their mission of reaching the top of Ben Nevis…
…and then immediately tucking into a very welcome snack lunch of soggy sandwiches, fruit and energy bars! The relief that each felt was palpable. Legs were aching, backs were stiff and clothes wet through, but the seven were jubilant! They had reached their goal : ‘Shevet at the Summit’. Each member of the team had organised their own sponsorship for the event amongst friends, family, work colleagues, neighbours and other acquaintances.
One of the team had noticed their daily Scripture reading on the morning of the climb had started with the verse from Psalm 119 ‘You are my portion, O Lord’ and included a verse from Psalm 73, ‘My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.’ How very apt and encouraging those verses were as weary feet trod the rough path that wound its way haphazard-fashion to the top of the mountain, sometimes over boulders, sometimes over shale, sometimes in a straight line and sometimes zig-zag fashion, but always disappearing into a misty and murky elusive distance…
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Previous Update: August 19
The team set off tomorrow from Wales, flying from Bristol Airport and arriving just after 1 p.m. in Inverness Tuesday for the drive down to Ben Nevis.
Training has gone fairly well, with the ‘seven’ all walking and climbing in the South Wales countryside over recent weeks to prepare for the ‘big one’ in Scotland on Wednesday, 21 August.
Clive Owen and his grandson, Jake, have regularly been climbing in South Wales, and Andy and Sally Morton climbed Skirrid Fawr (the Holy Mountain) on Sunday, a well-known high point near Abergavenny rising to 1,595 ft.
Jane and Sam Francis were climbing Twmbarlwm today (1,375 ft) and Jane’s friend, Kath, has been in training too. All are very excited about the climb on Wednesday and praying for the weather conditions to be ‘just right’ for the challenge!
Sponsors have been very supportive and encouraging, for which we are most grateful, and we hope to report from Ben Nevis on Wednesday afternoon that all has gone well!
We are doing this for the children supported and helped by Shevet Achim, and will be thinking of them each step of the way.
Our friends at Shevet Achim UK are climbing Ben Nevis–the highest peak in the British Isles–on 21 August 2013 to raise funds to help save the lives of children with heart defects entrusted to the care of Shevet Achim in Jerusalem.
Click here to meet the team of seven who are taking part. They are raising sponsorship in their own locality, but donations will be welcome from anyone wanting to sponsor the team as a group or individually. Donations can be sent by post to:
Shevet Achim UK, PO Box 84, Caldicot, South Wales NP26 3WS
Alternatively, donations can be paid directly into Shevet Achim UK’s bank account using the following details:
If your donation is eligible for Gift-Aid, please notify Shevet Achim UK at the address above or download a Gift-Aid form by visiting www.shevet.org/uk and posting it to the address above.
Sponsorship donations are welcomed from supporters living abroad and these can be paid direct to Shevet Achim using this link for general donations, and noting that the gift is for Shevet at the Summit.