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L -R: Andy Tigwell, Donna Matthews,  Anna Prandy, Steve Blewett and Louise Paton
L-R: Andy Tigwell, Donna Matthews, Anna Prandy, Steve Blewett and Louise Paton
Mt Snowdon by Steve Cadman, Flickr
Mt Snowdon - by Steve Cadman

Internal News - 18 July 2008

IDPS team take on Mount Snowdon to raise money for children's charity

The University’s Imaging Design & Print Services Team is in training to climb Mount Snowdon in September and raise money for a children’s charity.

Five members of the team are getting fit to scale the highest mountain in Wales on 6 September.

The team members are: head of IDPS Louise Paton; print procurement manager Andy Tigwell; Steve Blewett, Donna Matthews and Anna Prandy all from digital production.

They are raising money for the children’s charity POPSY (Parents of Partially Sighted and blind Youngsters). It was set up in 2003 by Dr Tymandra Blewett Silcock, the cousin of team member Steven Blewett, whose daughter Poppy was born with cataracts and is registered blind.

Andy Tigwell, who came up with the idea of the challenge, said: “We had already done a couple of team activities together, such as going on a boat on the River Avon, and I thought it would be good to do something a bit more challenging. Everyone seemed to think it was a good idea.”

The team has been in training for the past three weeks and is getting fit by walking up some of the steep hills that surround the University in their lunch breaks. They are also going to Ebbor Gorge at the weekend for more intensive training.

Louise Paton said: “We have been climbing up Widcombe Hill, Bathwick Hill and North Road. It’s starting to pay off and we are feeling confident about the climb.

"One member of the team who is not doing the climb is also joining us on the lunch time walks, and other members of IDPS are being supportive and asking customers at the desk to sponsor us. It's a real team effort.

“During the summer months the department will be closed most lunch times between 12.30 and 2pm for training. It’s great to come back to the unit after an invigorating walk.”

The team have set up sponsorship forms in the reception area of the department and are also sending out leaflets with details of the challenge with all of their deliveries.

Sponsors include their suppliers as well as their friends and family. One of the team’s biggest sponsors, paper supplier McNaughton’s, has provided them with waterproof jackets.

Steve Blewett said: “We are aiming to raise £1,000 and we already have more than £800 so I think we could even beat our target. We have had lots of support from everyone for which we are very grateful.”

If you would like to sponsor the team, please call in at the IDPS unit based in 8 West 1.35.

If you fancy doing some walking yourself, there are various groups on campus to get involved in. They include the Woman's Walking Group, which meets at 12.30pm on Mondays and Thursdays outside UBSA. For more information email

Find out more about other University’s own walking groups at the links above.