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The group of students are: Amy Mullis-Watkins, aged 20, from Solihull; Louise Graham, aged 20, from Dursley in Gloucestershire; Tara Steele, aged 21, from Andwell near Basingstoke in Hampshire; Emily Hall, aged 19, from Flint; Sarah Griffiths, aged 21, from Mold and Michelle Cho, aged 19, from Carryduff in Belfast.

In total, the group climbed 1,085 metres, reaching the summit in three and a half hours.

Amy Mullis-Watkins, Charities Officer for the Dance Society, said: “It rained the entire way up and the fog was so dense at points we could only see about five steps ahead. There were many points where we could have decided to turn around, however knowing the money we raised was going to such a good cause definitely spurred us all on to reach the top. On the way down, the weather improved and we were able to take in the incredible scenery of Wales. It was such an amazing feeling reaching the bottom - a combination of mental and physical exhaustion, mixed with excitement and such pride that we had managed to do it.”

The group decided to climb Snowdon to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice. The charity provides specialist palliative care to babies, children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions across the West Midlands, as well as support for their families.

Amy said: “As a sports team, we always aim to support charities close to the hearts of our members. Acorns Children’s Hospice was selected earlier this year as they supported Tara’s family friends before the death of their son, Matthew, aged seven. Matthew was diagnosed with a rare condition called Late Infantile Batten Disease, which is a fatal neurodegenerative disease. The charity relies on donations and fundraising for the majority of the funds it needs to provide its vital care for children and families.To our surprise, we actually met several people during our climb who had been impacted by the work of Acorns, adding to our motivation to fundraise for the incredible cause.”

Tara added: “I’m beyond proud of the girls for completing this challenge, despite the weather conditions being completely against us! We are over the moon that we have managed to raise over £600 for such an incredible charity. I also hope that we’ve managed to raise awareness for both Acorns Children’s Hospice and Batten Disease.”

Mel Hall, Matthew’s mother and Area Fundraiser at Acorns Children’s Hospice, said: “I cannot thank Tara and the team enough for their incredible efforts in climbing Snowdon. Being the mum of Matthew, I truly understand the great work we do at Acorns and how invaluable their support is.

“We simply couldn’t continue providing our care for children and families without the generous support of fundraisers like this wonderful group of young women. This money will make a real difference – thank you!”

You can donate here via the group’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chester-dance-society1.

To find out how you can support Acorns, please visit https://www.acorns.org.uk/support/.

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