Team Fircroft is going boldly where no one has gone before. Well, not quite, but we’re still pretty excited anyway! If you keep up to date with the latest Fircroft News, you will know that we are climbing Mount Snowdon to raise much needed funds for our tranquil garden. The garden is going to provide a safe space for learners at our college; a place to reflect and remain calm in the midst of their educational journey with us. The tranquil garden is (or rather will be) designed to create a welcoming and positive learning environment.

After all, a positive environment is what we pride ourselves on!

We’re busying ourselves with prep for our intrepid walk, including walking meetings to ensure that we are in peak condition as we tackle, well, the peaks!

Naomi Yendell is our Admissions and IAG Officer, and is currently organising this year's trip. No mean feat when she is busy on the front line with our students.

Nay (as she prefers to be called) is rather excited about our trip.

‘I have always enjoyed walking, and my passion for walking stems from my childhood. Up until the birth of our daughter in 2015 we have walked every weekend around Shropshire, the Lakes and Scotland (we’ve not quite made Ben Nevis although this is on my bucket list!). Usually, we head to a pub for a post-walk pint and roast. Perfect.

I have walked Snowdon before. My friend even proposed to his girlfriend at the top, some 10 years ago. Although we don’t walk as much as we’d like since the little one came along, I’m loving the opportunity to share my passion for walking with my colleagues at Fircroft. My fitness levels may be a little slower, but since organising our charity trip, I have been boosting these with group walks twice a month, and regular circular walks around Bridgnorth - again, followed by a carvery.

I must admit, I’m a little nervous about the challenge. When I first did Snowdon, I did wonder if it would ever stop going up! The great thing about this challenge is that it’s giving me the kick start back into healthy eating and more exercise into my daily routine.

Bring on the beautiful views, and keep your fingers crossed that it’s not too cloudy!’

Michael Conway-Jones, our Vice Principal, has been taking his training very seriously. ‘ I’ve been walking into work one day a week in preparation. 3.5 miles on the flat isn’t exactly Snowdon, but my boots feel more comfortable now. To be honest I really need sponsoring not to be sick on winding roads in a minibus!’.

Lisa Tomlinson, our Head of People and Commercial Development had a much more exotic location for her training ‘I did some training whilst on holiday in Lanzarote, I went on 3 long runs along the beach, went to the gym, swam / snorkeled every day and went bike riding over a volcano! Snowdon should be easy compared to that one, mainly as I won’t have a screaming 9 year old in tow!’

Here are some fun facts about Snowdon:

  1. Snowdon is Yr Wyddfa in Welsh!
  2. There are 6 paths to choose from, some easier than others. Team Fircroft will be tackling the Miners Track on the ascent and Llanberis Pass on the way back down.
  3. Snowdon is 3560 feet (wish us luck!)
  4. Morris Williams, a miner, was the first to sell refreshments at the summit in 1838. We’re hoping something similar will be at the top.
  5. Edmund Hillary trained on Snowdon before conquering Mount Everest, although we may leave Everest for another time.
  6. Mythology fans will be pleased to know that Snowdon is said to be the tomb of the giant Rhitta Gawr. Rhitta wore a cloak made of men’s beard and was killed by the legend King Arthur.                                  

While we’re excited (and nervous!) about our expedition, we’re thrilled to be raising funds for our students and our beloved college. It’s a real team effort.

Wish us luck!

If you’d like to sponsor our walk and help donate to the learning tranquil garden, you can do so via the link here. Thank you,