Year 7 pupil, Matilda Stone’s story:
In 2015 Matilda’s Grandad turned 70 and wanted to climb Snowdon before his birthday. He was going to climb with Matilda’s mum, who unfortunately, suffered a serious car crash, fracturing her spine and sternum and crushing her foot.
Matilda volunteered to go in her place and they made it to the summit and back down again in glorious sunshine!
Watching Cruft, she learnt about Veterans with Dogs and decided to fundraise for this incredible charity at the same time.
Matilda told us:
In 2015 my mum had a car crash. We all found it difficult to look on the bright side and to carry on without the fear of more car crashes happening. When we got our Beagle, Max, it helped us with the post anxiety and stress. It helped my mum get out of the house, my dad had something to distract him and my sister and me got on with life again because we had a friend to hug and to play with.
I’m climbing Snowdon again and raising money because I think Veterans with Dogs is a really important charity; it trains dogs so that veterans with PTSD can live a normal life without being too scared to go out of their houses. It takes £11,000 to train one dog, please donate as much as you can.
Matilda and her family started training in January with long walks up The Malvern Hills and chose a date in June for the actual climb.
The weather was against us, and half way up, the cross winds reached 30mph and we were absolutely drenched. But we carried on, eating lots of sweets! Just when things were getting really difficult, I heard the train, realised where I was e all kept going! Half an hour later we finally reached the summit.
2hrs and 15 mins later we arrived back at the bottom and have never been so pleased to see our car before – knowing there were clean, dry clothes in the boot!
We spent just over 6 hours on the mountain, have never been so wet or weather beaten in our lives.
Matilda’s mum said that Matilda and her sister were “total superheroes”.
We’ve raised enough money to send a veteran on a residential course organised by the charity who have sent HUGE thanks to both girls for their amazing efforts.