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Jonathan Heriz-Smith

Johnny's Welsh Mountain Marathon

Fundraising for The Mary & Margaret Charity

51 %
raised of £5,000 target
by 23 supporters
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The Mary & Margaret Charity

To promote the renovation and preservation of St Margaret's Chapel & The Magdalene Almshouses in Glastonbury for future generations.

Charity Registration No. 1128332



What is a Munro? It's any mountain over 3000 feet, and there are 15 in Wales. I am planning to climb all of them in 1 day, a journey that is 30 miles long and involves over 20000 ft of ascent and descent. This is recognised as one of the most challenging endurance tests in the UK. I did it 20 years ago, and failed to finish 10 years ago. I will be accompanied by Nick Denison, Chairman of the Charity. We will start from Pen Y Pass at 4 a.m. on 19th June 2010, climbing straight up to the infamous Crib Goch ridge for sunrise, then on to Snowdon. The other peaks we will summit  will include Y Garn, Tryfan, Carnedd Dafydd and finally Foel Fras, finishing at 9.30 p.m. as the sun sets.

Why do this to myself again?

I have been involved as an architect on a voluntary basis for some years with the Mary and Margaret Charity, which cares for the Chapel and Almshouses off Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, a much-loved group of buildings and courtyard garden dating back to the 12th Century which is in a dire state of disrepair. The Charity wants to restore the buildings, to ensure their long-term survival, and to improve the setting and visitor facilities. The overall cost will be well in excess of £100k.

However the money I am hoping to raise with this walk is specifically to make up the shortfall required for the first phase - to mend and restore these beautiful buildings - which will start this year.

The Almshouses were built in the 15th Century within the walls of a 'Hospital', itself a 12th Century building tied to Glastonbury Abbey. These buildings housed the 'retired men' from the Abbey - the last occupant left in the 1950s! The restored Almshouses will house an Iconography Exhibition Centre, the only one in the UK,  and a recreation of one of the original tiny interiors.

The Chapel and garden are used by many for quiet reflection and worship, from many faiths, or none.

I really hope you are able to help towards this labour of love.

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