MORE than 50 men, women and children spent the Bank Holiday weekend climbing Snowdon in memory of Ross teenager Matthew Beddard, who lost his life to a brain tumour in February 2005.

Matthew was a student at John Kyrle High School and his close friends and family keep his memory alive each year by organising activities to support the Teenage Cancer Trust, based in Birmingham.

Eight members of the party had travelled from Colchester especially to join other family and friends. Meeting up on Saturday, May 25th was a perfect start to a very memorable day.

Everyone who started the journey reached the summit and the camaraderie amongst the group was fantastic.

Every member of the group wore a Teenage Cancer Trust t-shirt and fellow walkers donated money along the way.

Melanie Beddard, Matthew's mother, told the Gazette: "The day had a real 'feel good' feeling. The whole group was astounded at the amazing views and scenery.

"Everyone should be extremely pleased with themselves for completing the challenge. It was by no means easy!"

The group has raised £4,670, so far, part of which will be match-funded by HSBC for whom Matt's parents work. Tony, Matt's father, Mel and Abi, his sister, passed on their thanks to everyone who completed the walk and all of the people who sponsored them.

Mel said: "It's a magnificent amount raised. Special thanks go to Mandy, Kim and Jerry for thinking of the idea, organising it and arranging the transport.

"Everyone is now looking forward to next year's challenge. Ben Nevis and Scarfell have been mentioned but other suggestions are welcome!"

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