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Team story

[p][b]What we’re doing next[/b][/p][p]We’ve chosen as a family to do the Welsh 3000s Challenge. While a physical challenge to raise money for these three amazing charities was an easy decision, what we’ve chosen to do is important to explain. We’ve chosen something that we can do together, a challenge that will need us to physically and mentally support one another which is important having been through the recent loss of Richard. Hopefully whilst we’re walking through the beautiful mountain scenery of Wales we’ll find some peace and positivity in knowing that the money we raise will help more people.[/p][p][b]Why we’re doing it[/b][/p][p]Death is an incredibly sad thing, when you lose someone in your family it is extremely tough but knowing someone chose to leave is almost unbearable. Trying to understand how that could happen takes up a lot of time and energy, both mentally and physically but no matter how much time and energy you invest in asking the question of why, you will never truly know the answer - he’s not coming back to explain.[/p][p]Guilt is something that has affected us all, I’m not going to pretend we were the closest family in the world - we weren’t, but we are a “normal” family. Since Richard left us we have all had to come to terms with thinking that we shoulda, woulda, coulda and discussed at length all of the ifs, buts, maybes in the world. But with help and support of one another we are coming to terms with what happened.[/p][p]The frightening thing is just how common it is, with 84 men a week taking their own life because they suffer with a mental health illness. It is slowly becoming more common to speak out about mental illness but it is still not being discussed in the same way you’d talk about other life debilitating physical illnesses like cancer. Why not? [/p][p]We are no experts in mental health but we’ve tried to understand it more and from what we’ve learnt there is rarely a straightforward cure instead you find management techniques that work for you. You find a way to manage your mental wellbeing for the rest of your life. [/p][p]Life throws difficulties your way (and everyone stood next to you) all the time, especially if you’re a talented and driven man who wants to build Rome in a day! Richard could never achieve quick enough which was his greatest asset and his worst enemy. A lot of the pressure on him was often his own ambitions and having a wife who was as determined to help him get where they wanted to go, even on the days he felt like he didn’t want to. [/p][p]There is nothing more we can do for Richard, as we’ve explained to his youngest daughter he’s riding horses in the sky. He is free and he didn’t do it to imprison us in guilt, anger and sadness. All we can do now is forgive him and ourselves. [/p][p][br][/p][p][b]What’s the Welsh 3000s?[/b][/p][p]According to the wise Google the Welsh 3000s is extremely tough, and is a big step up from something like the “Three Peaks Challenge” only suitable for very fit and experienced mountain walkers….Well we’re not all very fit or experienced walkers, in fact only two of us tick those boxes so we’ll be in training very soon as we prepare to tackle the 15 peaks from 6-8 July.[/p][p]In order to complete the Welsh 3000s Challenge we are apparently required to have been at the top of all 15 mountains over 3000 ft in Wales within the 3 days. The length is about 24 miles, but the walks to the start point and down from the finish point can take it to over 30 miles in total.[/p][p]It’s very rocky, and both uphill and downhill sections are demanding. Navigation can also be problematic without previous knowledge of this area of Snowdonia. Additionally, one mountain, Crib Goch, is very exposed – several people have died on it! I’m assured that won’t be us.[/p][p][b][u]Our Team - Our Family[/u][/b][/p][p][b]Walkers:[/b][/p][p]Kayley Woollacott - Richard’s Wife[/p][p]Martyn Jones - Kayley’s Dad[/p][p]Stephanie Jones - Kayley’s Sister[/p][p]Stuart Jones - Kayley’s Brother[/p][p]Tom Coombe - Kayley Step-Brother[/p][p]Roz Coombe - Kayley’s Step-Sister[/p][p]Naomi Taylor - Tom’s partner[/p][p][b]Support crew[/b][/p][p]Yvette Campbell - Kayley’s Mum [/p][p]Nicole Jones - Kayley’s Step-Mum [/p][p]Grandpa and Grandma Jones - Kayley’s Grandparents[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]

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19-Jul-2018

Ian and Helen

Very well done to you all.

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12-Jul-2018

David B

Well done all of you such a great achievement for a wonderful cause.

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12-Jul-2018

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11-Jul-2018

Alan Sabin

You will succeed !!

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11-Jul-2018

JT

Congrats Team, most impressive. Well done for taking this on, a true challenge in every sense.

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11-Jul-2018

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11-Jul-2018

Chad

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11-Jul-2018

Tony G

Very well done on your efforts.

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11-Jul-2018

Anonymous

I met Richard only once at Sandown, introduced by my owner Mario Borgatti. Both my wife and I said what a lovely person he is and we would be happy for our horses to go there if they went over the jumps. One meeting but a lasting impression!

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