Love Hope Strength Foundation Saving Lives – One Concert At A Time

November 16, 2015

By Your Side Update

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I owe my life to the fantastic NHS staff who continue to care for me.
To show my thanks I launched the By Your Side Campaign with the North Wales NHS Charity, Awyr Las, in November 2014.

We set out to raise 351,120 pounds over 3 years
£1 for every step between hospitals in Wrexham and Bangor

Thanks to the fantastic people and communities that have got involved in the campaign so far, we have together smashed our half way mark.
We’ve raised £176,000 so far

Together we have achieved so much by funding:

The Robins hospital volunteer programme

  • Equipment to help community nurses provide better end of life care for people in their own homes
  • Community support programmes for people with cancer and their carers which bring vital support services together under one roof
  • Improvements on the Alaw Unit in Ysbyty Gwynedd, helping to provide the best care for an increasing number of patients
  • New equipment in the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre and Wrexham Maelor Hospital
  • Specialist training to enable the wonderful nursing staff to introduce new care practices
  • Useful books and information for patients and for children whose parents have cancer

We have so much more to do. Please join us and help to make a difference for the thousands of people receiving a diagnosis every year in North Wales.

  • The Big Busk
  • JanuHairy
  • FebruWeary
  • Snowdon Rocks
  • 351120 Walk (2017)

Let’s make sure that you or your family members that receive a cancer diagnosis have the very best care and treatment available and the best staff By Your Side.

Thank you again.

Love, Hope, Strength and Blue Skies Ahead.
Forever by your side.

Mike Peters

October 30, 2015

Everest Rocks UK Film Premiere

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On Sunday November 13th 2015 at the Scala Cinema, Prestatyn, The North Wales Coastline Film Festival presents the British film premiere of Everest Rocks a movie that documents the inspiring story of two cancer survivors, Mike Peters (of Welsh rock band The Alarm), and James Chippendale, (a stem cell transplant recipient from the USA), who together, create a life saving charity from the bonds of friendship.


In 2007, the pair set their sights on raising awareness about the need for bone marrow donors to join the international registry by attempting to stage the then ‘World’s Highest Rock Concert’ on Mt, Everest with an unlikely team of legendary rockers from The Alarm, Squeeze,  Stray Cats, The Fixx and other musicians, mountaineers, cancer survivors and friends on the adventure of a lifetime.

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This cinematic journey (which was directed by MTV Unplugged’s award winning US producer /director Alex Coletti), involves a 14 day trek to 18,500 feet in the shadow of Mount Everest performing impromptu concerts along the way as they attempt to reach their goal upon the summit of Kala Patthar at 18,519 feet.

The mission of Everest Rocks is also to raise funds to support the Bhaktapur Cancer Centre, Nepal, resulting in an amazing closing concert inside the historic Durbar Square Kathmandu, where the band of intrepid musicians become the first ever western rock artists to play the 1000 year old world heritage site in front of a crowd of over 14,000 (and a live TV audience of over 4 million).

Now firmly established as the world’s leading rock and roll cancer foundation, Love Hope Strength has been endeavouring to encourage as many people as possible to sign up for the International Bone Marrow Registry resulting in over 100,000 registrations and over 2,000 potentially lifesaving matches found.

Love Hope Strength co-founder Mike Peters of The Alatm will be pitching up at the Scala, Prestatyn on Sunday November 13th at 7.00 p.m. to present the film and take part in a post screening Q&A with host Steve Swindon of The Coastline Film festival presentation team.

Love Hope Strength will also be taking swabbings and providing support and information about the Bone Marrow Registry.

Come see a movie and maybe even save a life.

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October 22, 2015

Brooks Snowdonia Marathon Eryri

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This year’s Brooks Snowdonia Marathon Eryri on 24th October will definitely have an upbeat feel as Welsh rocker Mike Peters will be there to officially start the race.

A tireless fundraiser and inspirational speaker, Mike will be singing ‘By Your Side’ to runners at the start. The song provides a soundtrack for his By Your Side campaign which raises funds for cancer care in North Wales.

Manon Williams, Matron for Cancer Services in North Wales explains:

“Mike’s been receiving treatment with us for many years and has supported our local cancer services through Snowdon Rocks and other local events which he’s organised for a long time. He launched the three year ‘By Your Side’ cancer care campaign with our charity, Awyr Las, last year and has already raised an incredible £175,000 for new equipment and facilities.

“We’re all very grateful for the time, effort and passion he and his wife Jules puts in to supporting patients and their families across North Wales.”

Mike added this: ‘’I launched the By Your Side cancer care campaign last year with the North Wales NHS Charity, Awyr Las, because I wanted to show thanks to the fantastic health care staff who have helped me over the years since I was first diagnosed with cancer, and I wanted to make sure that local people get the excellent care and treatment they deserve locally.

“Through the tremendous support of local people, groups and schools, we’ve already raised £175,000 towards our £351,120 target.

“I’m very grateful to the organisers of the Snowdonia Marathon for letting us have a Love Hope Strength ‘Get on the List’ stand at this year’s event. I co-founded the Love Hope Strength Foundation in 2007. Since then, through the charity’s ‘Get on the List’ programme we have added over 100,000 people on the international bone marrow donor registry and found over 1,200 matched donors.

“I really hope that you will take the time to go to the Love Hope Strength stand to find out more about how you can get on the list. It only takes 2 minutes, but you can save someone’s life by doing it.”

Brooks Snowdonia Marathon Eryri has worked closely with Welsh cancer charity Tenovus for a number of years now and sees these new links as a great way to expand their support of some of the amazing work being carried out in North Wales.

Race coordinator Jayne Lloyd is very excited about having Mike along to start the race:

“Mike is a truly inspirational person whose campaigns we are proud to support. He’s very popular in Llanberis so there should be an extra buzz in the village on the 24th!’’

Reckoned by many to the toughest in the UK, considered by many to be the most beautiful, the 2015 Brooks Snowdonia Marathon Eryri is ready welcome 2500 runners this week, as they take on the might of this jewel in the crown of Welsh marathon running.

As final preparations are being put in place for the 33rd edition of the event, the race will once again showcase all that the Snowdonia National Park has to offer in terms of splendour for the thousands of visitors that are expected across the race weekend.

Further event, sponsor and press information can be found at the Snowdonia Marathon / Marathon Eryri website, on Facebook and Twitter @marathoneryri


October 6, 2015

Exclusive Western Mail Feature

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The Alarm’s Mike Peters opens his heart on facing up to his third cancer fight

Mike Peters recently gave an exclusive interview to David Owens with recent developments with his health.

See below for the links.

Weekend Magazine

“I was not expecting my consultant to say your count has doubled and we’re going to have to change tack. It was tough for Jules, she was devastated. When Dr Edwards said we’re going to have to change the way we look at your disease, we’re going to have to look at another treatment plan and other options. When anyone says that it’s put in the nicest possible way, but everything says danger – then you immediately think about your children and you think about your music, you think about the life you’ve built. And if that’s going to change. Then you get to grips with it and all your survival instincts kick in.” Mike Peters.

Read the full article on The WalesOnline website

Dundee Courier article

Daily Mirror article

The Daily Post article

Contact Music article

August 6, 2015

Rock The Skyline with LHS

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Take part in Rock The Skyline 2015 with Love Hope Strength and Delete Blood Cancer and bring hope for many people living with cancer today.

**Register Now**

Walkers slow and fast, young and old who take part in ‘Rock The Skyline 2015’ in Jersey City, NJ will join an extraordinary ‘Walk of Hope’ along the Hudson River Walkway from the beach at Newport Green Park to the acoustic concert stage at the J. Owen Grundy Park Pier, Exchange Place and experience the breathtaking vista of the entire Manhattan Skyline dominating the horizon as far as the eye can see.

Wear your favourite trainers or walking boots; bring your sandwiches and guitar, sunscreen and a crowd of friends and join the ‘Walk of Hope’ – a symbolic two mile hike along the banks of the Hudson river through Jersey City with an emotional ‘Festival of Love’ at Newport Park to honour loved ones locked in the daily struggle with cancer or to remember those who will never be forgotten and whose names will be forever enshrined on the prayer flags that will be carried with us along the way. Our destination will be the outdoor ‘Strength Stage’ located at the end of the J. Owen Grundy Park Pier for an acoustic concert hosted by Mike Peters of The Alarm and many Love Hope Strength supporting artists set against a backdrop dominated by the newly built Freedom Tower rising high above the incomparable Manhattan skyline.

An all event long LHS donor drive will be open at the pier to register as many people as possible to the international marrow registry and further the Love Hope Strength / Delete Blood Cancer mission of saving lives.

Mike Peters (Love Hope Strength founder and lead singer of Welsh rock band The Alarm), conceived the idea for Rock The Skyline after chancing upon this incredible walk whilst staying at Jersey City in 2015. “It’s one of the most spectacular paths I have ever discovered in the many years I have travelled to the metropolitan area” said Peters. “I would like to encourage anyone who cares for the life of others to join me and my family, friends and Alarm fans, local businesses, healthcare staff and cancer patients to come together and support our mission of saving lives. Love Hope Strength in partnership with Delete Blood Cancer has just registered our 100,000th person to the international registry which has become the source of over 1700 potentially lifesaving matches for people who like me, suffer from blood cancer and need a match to have a second chance at life.”

Walk Details
Date: Sunday 13th September 2015  Rain or Shine
Registration: From 9 am-10 am at Newport Beach, Jersey City (Nearest Path train station Hoboken or Newport)
Start: 10am for an opening speech and song from Mike Peters at Newport Beach, Park Lane South, Jersey City, NJ 07310, United States
Walk route: Hudson River Walkway to J. Owen Grundy Park Pier
Distance: 2 Miles
Concert: Strength Stage at the J. Owen Grundy Park Pier from 10.30 am until Midday.
Timings: The walk takes approximately 60 minutes at a leisurely pace, including the ‘Festival Of Love at Newport Park.
Charge: $25 registration per adult (Free for kids).
Sponsorship: Get sponsored and raise more money for Love Hope Strength and Delete Blood Cancer! Everyone who raises over $250 will receive free tickets to special evening event to be announced soon
Conditions of Entry: By registering you are agreeing to our conditions of entry.

**Register Now**

The Memory Chain

For people who want to remember loved ones lost to cancer, share memories, give hope, and offer thanks to those involved in cancer care then names, messages and personal recollections can be written onto ‘prayer flags’ which will be carried on the ‘Walk Of Hope’ during Rock The Skyline’.

Prayer Flags

Your message can be part of this ‘memory chain’. This can be done during the registration process on the day of ‘Rock The Skyline’, or in advance of the event.

To create a prayer flag memorial in advance write your short personal note and email via this registration page.

Your words will then be inscribed on a prayer flag and joined together with others.

Suggested donation $5.

The Aftershow

The After Show with Mike Peters of The Alarm In Concert at Rahway Theatre, Rahway NJ.
Rahway Theatre in New Jersey has generously agreed to host an After Show party including a set from Mike Peters of The Alarm and friends. For ‘Rock The Skyline’ participants who raise over $250 admission will be free (Details to be announced soon).

Thank you

Rock The Skyline 2015 wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated support of of Love Hope Strength and Delete Blood Cancer volunteers


July 7, 2015

Spirit of 58 Fundraiser

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Big thanks to Tim Williams and the ‘Spirit of 58’, who have raised £1550 for Love Hope Strength…

Spirit of 58

The reasons behind the spirit of ’58 pre match party was to bring Welsh football fans together on the day of the match from all over Wales north, south and mid, to have a good time and to raise money for Welsh charities at the same time. 

Having lost my father to cancer I wanted to do something positive to help others fighting the disease here in wales after the help my dad received. 

As an Alarm fan and knowing if mikes passion for football and his country I chose Love Hope Strength as one of the charities to benefit on the day. 

Between all the fans who attended the party, we raised over three thousand pounds in total. Which was split also with Ty Hafan. 

A great day was had by over three hundred welsh fans, topped off with a fine win against Belgium. 

 Tim Williams – Spirit 0f 58

Spirit of 58

July 6, 2015

Folk Club Fundraiser

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Many thanks to Rhyl Folk Club for their recent fundraiser for Love Hope Strength.

Rhyl Folk Club have been great fundraisers for LHS over a number of years.

Rhyl Folk Club

June 30, 2015

Snowdon Rocks Press

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Here are some of the recent press articles about the success of Snowdon Rocks 9.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

June 26, 2015

Red Rocks ROCKS – 26/09/15

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Love Hope Strength is proud to announce our newest fundraising event ‘Red Rocks Rocks‘, which will take place at the world famous Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, just outside of Denver, Colorado on Saturday, September 26th 2015.

Red Rocks Rocks

Through our longstanding partnership with Red Rocks, Love Hope Strength has registered over 18,000 people to the international donor registry and found some 354 potentially life saving matches at the amphitheatre’s concert and Film on the Rocks events making Red Rocks the most ‘life saving’ concert venue in the world today.

We are extremely proud of our unique relationship with Red Rocks and so we invite all our Love Hope Strength supporters to come to Colorado for Red Rocks Rocks 2015 and join us for an unforgettable day of hiking, music and remembrance to raise funds to support our ‘Get on the List’ campaign of saving lives one concert at a time.

Red Rocks Rocks will kick off with an 0830 registration on the Upper Terrace of the Amphitheatre featuring live music, morning coffee, and a warm up session to get everyone ready to hit the trails!

The hike will begin at 0930 by walking through the iconic amphitheatre itself and a chance to take in the far reaching views of the City of Denver rising above the stage in the distance.

As we head down to the South Lot exit, we will then hike the Trading Post Trail, enjoying some breathtaking scenery and other unique views of the historic amphitheatre. A steady trek down the trail will lead us to a beautiful rest area set against a backdrop of rolling Colorado hillside where we will enjoy refreshments and a chance to participate in a festival of remembrance followed by special acoustic performances from co-founder Mike Peters of The Alarm (who first appeared at Red Rocks on June 5th 1983 as special guest of U2 at their breakthrough ‘Under A Blood Red Sky Concert), and other LHS supporting artists. Trekkers of a musical persuasion are wholeheartedly encouraged to bring their own instruments to be able to join in as song and chord sheets will be distributed so that everyone can become part of the Love Hope Strength finale!!

Next we’ll head up the beautiful Geologic Overlook Trail to complete the nearly 4 mile journey back to the Upper North parking lot where you’ll receive your commemorative hike finisher’s gift.

Those choosing to spend the day with us will continue back to the Upper Terrace for more outdoor festival style music performances, then it’s down to the Rock Room to enjoy a catered lunch and refreshments (cash bar available), moving speeches by some of our survivors and donors, and a rousing jam session on the scenic outdoor patio by Love Hope Strength supporting artists.

Please click on the following link to register for an unforgettable day of hiking, music and saving lives!

And be sure to join us on Saturday night for a wrap up celebration party hosted by our friends at Hard Rock Cafe’ in Denver! Party starts at 7:00 PM!

June 22, 2015

Snowdon Rocks 9

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Snowdon Rocks 9

As I look out on a beautiful sunset over Snowdon this evening, the memories of a perfect day roll in. The boots and poles are packed away for another hike but the experience of our 9th Snowdon Rocks will live with me forever. I love coming home for Snowdon Rocks, following our epic climbs of Ben Nevis. Snowdon Rocks traditionally follows Ben Nevis Rocks a week later and the sprits are always high as Snowdon Rocks approaches. I find it invigorating to head high into the peaks. There’s nothing like it, to clear the head and focus the mind. It’s a peaceful and well-mannered world 3000 feet up and I love it!

As we assembled at Penyceunant Tearooms, hosted by our dear friend, Steffan who has fed and watered us though 9 years of Snowdon Rocks, we begin laying out the foundations to greet the 500 trekkers who would arrive by 9am. It’s all about the detail and Mike is extremely detailed! There are flags, drapes, the PA, staging, T shirts, swabbing.. and our brilliant team of volunteers set to that task. Big thanks to Dave Spragg (currently batting liver and bowel cancer), Lydia Franklin, Dave Jennings and Sue Owens who worked so hard throughout the day to make sure people were registered for the Big Climb.

This year we have partnered up with ‘Awyr Las/ Blue Skies’ the NHS charity for North Wales to launch the “By Your Side” campaign, as in “Walk Forever By Your Side”…a 3 year Campaign to raise £351,120 for North Wales Cancer Care, with each pound representing the step that Mike and I will walk in 2017 between Bangor, Glan Clwyd & Wrexham Hospitals.

We are very grateful to be working with the amazing Kirsty Thompson of ‘Awyr Las/Blue Skies and her passionate team, Patrick Roberts, Cath Humes & Tracey Wright. Together, Love Hope Strength and Awyr Las have partnered up to create an ambitious day of music, hiking and community spirit for Snowdon Rocks. Behind the scenes, since the launch of #byyourside back in November last year, we have raised over £154,000 for the By Your Side Campaign, together with the sterling support of our local community. Mike and I have visited schools in North Wales and rehearsed with choirs of all ages. It has been a heartening and positive experience to unite friends and family, (thank you Peter, Dottie, Andy & Sarah Foley Jones), work colleagues of North Wales, together with the Alarm community who are always so incredibly supportive of all of our adventures.

As we all assembled together, the weather was dry and there was a real sense of anticipation as a local brass band from Ysgol Bontnewydd roused the emotions for the challenge ahead! With speeches from Mike and Kirsty, we were also delighted to be joined by Sky News’ presenter, Bryn Law, legendary Welsh Football Captain, Barry Horne and BBC Wales’ Weather Gurus, Derek Brockway and Sue Charles…

Snowdon Rocks 9

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I’ve set off up the Llanberis path many times but every trek is different. I’ve trekked with Mike in my 20’s and now I trek as a mother with two sons in tow (it’s easier to trek Ben Nevis without kids, haha) but each trek is a learning curve. It’s all about discipline and “not giving up”…. There are some incredible dark moments as you climb mountains but the community spirit that floods Snowdon Rocks, sustains everyone to keep on going…

As I plod up the mountain with the kids in tow, tugging on my camelback, (much easier climbing the really difficult Ben Nevis on my own than climbing Snowdon with the kids in tow haha), it’s very humbling to meet up with the different trekkers that have decided to join us on Midsummers’ Day, climbing the highest mountain of England & Wales. I meet so many different people, all with such different stories and different reasons for climbing Snowdon. It’s an amazing feeling.. tuning in with all these incredible people who have all made such an effort, raising huge amounts of sponsorship along the way.

At the Halfway Cafe, we were treated to a mountainside concert.. One Guitar, Wonderwall, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door…a moving moment when we remember those we have lost and those who are battling with cancer… Festival of Remembrance. There are so many emotional stories to share… Howard the Chaplain of Glan Clwyd Hospital, whose ashes were scattered upon the summit today… John from the Rotary who was inspired to sponsor the Strength Train after watching Snowdon Rocks from the foot of Snowdon last year with his very poorly wife who sadly lost her battle a few days later, having longed to join us on the summit… Special mention to our very dear friends, Irfon Williams and Dave Spragg, both who are battling Bowel/Liver cancer. Both Dave and Irfon have an incredible positive attitude to their struggle and we wholeheartedly support Irfon Williams and his amazing wife, Becky’s campaign. (Please check out #hawlifyw and lend your support)

Snowdon Rocks 9

The Halfway Cafe always triggers memories of Geraint, the dear departed brother of Alwena who owns the Halfway Cafe. Geraint had Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia and was treated alongside Mike at the Alaw Ward, Ysbyty Bangor. Sadly, Geraint lost his battle 3 years ago and it has always been very sobering for Mike and I to lose Geraint to CLL at such an early age in his forties…Special prayers to Geraint’s wife and his four children who live in Snowdonia…

On we trudged… Trudge is a good word to sum up climbing Snowdon in “difficult conditions”… At this point, I should mention the weather. Despite having my dear mate, Derek Brockway and the lovely Sue Charles in attendance, the weather, lets be fair, was pretty horrendous on the top. My dear friend and chwaer, Delyth Hamilton Williams, joined me for the final ascent…and together, we were bent double with laughter as we approached the summit….. Summer in Wales! Fog fog fog! GIve me love hope and strength! It didn’t deter us though… we laughed, we cried, we cajoled we plodded, we trudged, all with our own individual reasons for tackling our beloved Snowdon…

On the summit, it was chaos! I had no idea where my boys were! I could only hope that my assembled friends were in control… Thank you Super Dads and Happy Fathers’ Day to Davey Garnett-Highes, Berwyn Williams and Andy Knapp! Oh and Mikey Boy Peters and my amazing Dad, Peter Foley Jones! Luckily I bumped into Derek and things soon warmed up as we sipped our paneds and looked out at the hardest working man in rock. Mikey Boy Peters, who played a half hour gig on the Station Summit Platform for the Strength Train, which arrived with 80 cancer patients who were unable to make the climb. It was an emotional moment for everyone… This Train Bound for Glory, Rock this Town, High on the Hill, Time of My Life, All Together Now…

Dylan, Evan and I were reunited on the summit and they were soon tugging and sipping on my camelback (did i mention that it’s far easier climbing the unbelievably challenging Ben Nevis without children, than climbing Snowdon with the kids haha)… Special mention for Georgio, aged 11 who is already so significant in supporting LHS…

Meanwhile back down at the foot of Snowdon, at Electric Mountain in Llanberis, and the Snowdonia Train Platform, there were choirs, harpists, bands, vocalists & swabbers, entertaining those who were unable to climb the mountain.. and we were very grateful and inspired to see the local Llanberis folk, displaying the Love Hope Strength green bunting outside their houses on the approach to Snowdon… Special thanks to the Rotary who sponsored the ‘Strength Train’ as well as marshalling water stations en route to the summit and generally making Snowdon Rocks 9 a day to remember! Not forgetting the Sold Out Strength Bus! We even signed up 100 people to the Bone Marrow Donor Registry! Saving LIves One Hike at a Time! Diolch yn fawr iawn to Cor Cofnod, Cor Ysgol Brynrefail, Andy Beaumont, Arron Cooper, Julie Bulman, Connah Evans, Magi Tudur, Y Galw, Something Personal, Castles, Fleur De Lys, Yr Ymylon, Martyn Ellis, Skin Tight Poncho, Straight Jacket Legends, Storyville Mob, Dyf, Arron Cooper, Rhys Morris, Sera & Jenn, Andrew Dawes, Lucas Labrow, Dave & Jude Rowley & the legendary Snowdon Veteran, Chris Summerill…

We give special mention to David & Nicola Johnston, an inspiring couple from Scotland who climbed Ben Nevis with us last week as part of their 8 peaks in 8 days challenge… and finished with us by climbing Snowdon, raising a huge amount of funds along the way. Together with Mickey Collins, who cycled from Ben Nevis, via Scafell to join us for Snowdon. Mickey has raised £10,000 for Love Hope Strength…. These people are remarkable and it’s an honour to hike alongside them!

As the Strength Train began it’s descent, we all followed… plodding and trudging our way through the fog, only to be rewarded with the most magnificent sight of Snowdonia as the fog lifted its cloak… This is the reason why we hike… for these life-defining moments which become imprinted on the mind, sustaining us through the ups and downs of life..

Big thanks to all the parents and friends of Dylan and Evan who attend Ysgol Dewi Sant… it was so amazing to see you all joining us for Snowdon Rocks. We look forward to Dewi Sant Rocks next month! Special mention to Leslie from Prestatyn’s Finns swimming School, recently recovered from bowel cancer, who hiked down with us, making new friends along the way… So many more incredible Love Hope Strength stories so please email me with your stories when you have a moment.. (You girl, who descended on crutches!)…

It was also really incredible to hike with so many health workers from North Wales… Mike and I have both been so fortunate to receive the best medical care in North Wales, care of the National Health Service, It was so lovely to hang out with Sharon Thomas, Rebecca Williams, Manon Ogwen Williams, Jackie Jones, Alison Griffiths and company! Bubbly and strawberries at 9am! You Girls Rock!

As we trickled back into Penyceunant Cafe at the foot of Snowdon and the welcoming arms of Steffan and a Celtica beer (Great Orme Brewery), we were all hyped up for the evening ahead at the Heights in Llanberis. Thanks to my dear girlfriends, Delyth Hamilton Williams and Leanne Knapp for literally always being supportive and #bymyside as well as being fantastic roadies, dismantling the PA… I became reunited with my children who were frolicking with their many mates around the fields of Penyceunant and in a flash we were all transported to the Heights in Llanberis where all the Snowdon trekkers were assembled, exchanging stories from the day and looking forward to hearing the talents of North Wales, topped off by an appropriate Mikey Boy Peters set of Snowdon-inspired songs… Breathe, By Your SIde, Rain in the Summertime (!), Spirit of ’76, Rescue Me, 68 Guns, Blaze of Glory and Love Hope Strength…

So as I reflect, with the shadows of Snowdonia lingering above, I would like to thank you all for joining us this year. It was immense to bump into neighbours along the way and feel the power of the love hope and strength of the #byyourside campaign. Tomorrow, I meet with Kirsty to plan the Big One, Snowdon Rocks 10! I hope all those who have hiked this weekend and many more will be inspired to join us next June 2016… It really is a lot of fun!

Special thanks to Andy Labrow, our intrepid Love Hope Strength photographer, who with Joanne Grubb captured the days events.

Click Here For The Photos

Love hope and strength and blue skies ahead.

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