A NORTHWICH woman has led a team of climbers from a family support charity to the top of Snowdon.

Elaine Collins, a supported and volunteer for Home-Start Cheshire, wanted to find a way of helping families and children and roped in running club members, friends and family to help.

The result was a 33-strong team completing the climb of Wales' highest peak on May 11, raising much-needed funds for the cause.

Scheme manager Clare Robinson said: “When Elaine came up with the idea of climbing Snowdon to raise funds we were delighted as it means we are able to support even more families who ask us for support.

"Our thanks go out to all the climbers and those who donated making this a really successful event."

The charity, which receives no government funding, relies solely on trusts and donations and says the money raised will go a long way to supporting more families in Northwich and across Cheshire.

It offers support to families experiencing difficulties, helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown through regular weekly visits by trained and supported volunteers.

Last year, Home-Start Cheshire supported 190 families with 400 children.

Elaine said: “The initial aim was to raise funds for Home-Start Cheshire, an organisation very close to my heart. The event turned out to be much more.

"It was a great day where people of all abilities came together to take on the challenge of hiking to the summit of Snowdon. Friendships were made across all ages and backgrounds.

"The rewards of such a great day were topped off with the stunning views."