Date: 20th June 2015, the longest day of the year
Summit Snowdon with Love Hope Strength and make huge strides for people living with cancer in North Wales. Walkers slow and fast, young and old can join in the hike up Snowdon and be part of the sing a long on the mountain side. Wear your favourite walking boots; bring your sandwiches and guitar, sunscreen and a crowd of friends.
Day time concert: At the summit of Snowdon itself. Additional refreshments are available at the Eryri visitor centre.
Charge: £20 registration per person.
Sponsorship: Get sponsored and raise more money for the By Your Side campaign!
The Strength Train
For the first time this year a Snowdon Mountain Railway train has been chartered to take people living with cancer who aren’t able to walk long distances, carers and healthcare staff up the mountain to enjoy this special day. Huge thanks to the North West Wales’ Rotary Clubs for sponsoring the train. All 74 places on this train are free of charge. Seats are available on a first come first served basis, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Passengers will enjoy ‘rock’ cakes and tea on the train at the summit, along with a short talk and song from Mike at 14:30.
The Memory Chain
We’ve been receiving messages from people who want to remember loved ones lost to cancer, share memories, give hope, and offer thanks to those involved in cancer care in North Wales. Some of these messages will be included on ‘prayer flags’ which will be displayed during Snowdon Rocks. Your message can be part of this ‘memory chain’. Write your short personal note and email it, send it via the registration page, the Awyr Las social media pages or by post to the Awyr Las Support Team. Your words will be inscribed on a prayer flag and joined together with others. Suggested donation £5.
The Heights in Llanberis has generously agreed to host an After Show party. Expect laughter, live entertainment including a set from Mike Peters, and a late night. Official Snowdon Rocks hikers receive an invitation to After Show as part of the registration fee. Non-walkers can sign up for tickets Tickets are £20 per person. 7:30pm start at The Heights.
Organise your own Rocks event
Cancer survivor and rock legend Mike Peters is not the kind of person who can sit still for long as he launches his new charity project “By Your Side” The campaign will aim to raise £350,120 over the next two and a half years. A very exact figure but one with huge meaning as it equates to a pound for every foot between Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor and the Maelor Hospital in Wrexham – two facilities at opposite sides of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board catchment area.
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Speaking from his home in Dyserth, Mike said: “As a two-time cancer survivor, I owe everything to the healthcare staff here in North Wales who have provided me with fantastic care since I was first diagnosed with cancer nearly 20 years ago. I want to give something back, because of the excellent care that I and my family have received from doctors and nurses and the health service in North Wales. The statistics show that one in three people suffer from cancer at the moment, and it looks set to rise to one in two in coming years. It’s important that we safeguard the future for our kids and communities. At present, it’s charitable funds keeping the NHS alive and there’s only so much governments can do. I worked it out that the distance between Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor and Ysbyty Maelor in Wrexham, also taking in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd is 351,120ft, and we want to raise a pound for each foot of that distance in the 30 months that the campaign will run.”
The aim of the campaign is to make a difference in the lives of cancer sufferers and their families so they know that despite everything there’s someone by their side. Anyone who wants to get involved in Mike’s By Your Side campaign, and help raise funds to make a difference, can do so by contacting North Wales NHS Charity, Awyr Las, on 01248 384395, 07557312506, or by e-mail, to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. http://byyoursideappeal.org/
“My family, friends and I set up Snowdon Rocks because we wanted to thank all the people who have been by my side. For the last seven years friends, including healthcare staff and other patients, and family have joined me to summit Snowdon, come together to sing on the mountain side, and raise money for local cancer services. We’ve created a small but unforgettable festival of music, thanks, celebration and remembrance. This year we will be joined by special guest musicians and celebrities including Derek Brockaway, the much loved ‘BBC Walking Weatherman’ and Champions League wining footballer David May. I really hope that you too can be a part of it.” Mike Peters
Peters was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma in 1995, and after going into remission in 1996, he received the news that his cancer had returned as Leukaemia in 2005. Since then, Peters has received regular treatment in Ysbyty Gwynedd. He recently addressed 7,000 people at the World Cancer Congress in Melbourne, saying: “I’ve performed with some of history’s greatest artists but my biggest achievement is surviving cancer. I’d love it if people can join me and help make a difference.”
The Love Hope Strength Foundation (www.lovehopestrength.org), an organization created in 2007 by Mike Peters and fellow cancer survivor James Chippendale that is “Saving Lives One Concert at a Time” The charity’s mission is that everyone, everywhere deserves access to quality cancer care and a marrow donor if needed. They have taken world-famous musicians to extreme locations like Mount Everest, Manchu Picchu, Kilimanjaro, and Mount Fuji, performing fundraising summit concerts to build and provide cancer centers with life-saving equipment, training, and support, and now have successful projects in the Holy Land, Wales, Nepal, and Tanzania. In addition, they host marrow donor drives at concerts and festivals across the UK and USA. Over 1,500 drives were conducted last year alone. Successes include registering over 100,000 new marrow donors and finding nearly 1,500 potentially life-saving matches.