What a lovely bank holiday weekend, I’m sure everyone enjoyed the weather, the extra day away from the office, spending time with friends and loved ones, eating and drinking maybe a bit too much (I’m guilty, but would have been rude not to). What better way to start the working week than conquering Pen-y-Fan… again, 4th time for the Go4it! team (yes, we’re incredible).
As part of our work in Trebanog where we have been engaging with the community since the end of March, working alongside Artes Mundi and The Trebanog Project we decided to end the summer holidays on a huge high (literally). It was a goal of many of the parents and children to climb Pen-y-Fan from the first time we even mentioned it a few months ago. Hardly any of them had attempted Pen-y-Fan before, only one of the children out of the group we took up last Tuesday, so it was going to be a tough old challenge for them. But everyone was determined to do so and off we went on a damp, drizzly, misty Tuesday morning, we set off! The conditions were not great and everyone was starting to realise why this was such a challenge, the children were loving it, hardly any complaints, they were eager to reach the summit. It was a shame there was so much mist as we couldn’t see the normal breath-taking views of the Brecon Beacons that you usually see but still we made it up to the very top. The joy and feel of accomplishment that the parents and children had at reaching the top and then making it back to the bottom is something that will stay with us for a while, it’s something quite special and was clear that for some of them it’s not a feeling they get very often.
After conquering Pen-y-Fan some families had a well deserved ice cream and we soon headed off on the bus home. Later on that evening we attended the last Trebanog Project Feast, which as always was stunning. During the feast we celebrated what everyone had achieved over the last few months and gave certificates for those who had earlier climbed Pen-y-Fan.