Shrewsbury charity seeks event supporters
9th July 2012
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Bosses behind Shrewsbury-based charity Medic Malawi today urged people to book their place on this year’s Big Climb to the top of Snowdon.

The Big Climb has been organised by charity boss Stephen Drew and Market Drayton businessman Hamish Armytage who runs Mountain Philosophy.

The event will be held on September 1 and 2 and organisers hope it will attract up to 100 people.

Mr Drew, who took over the charity after retiring as principal at Wrekin College in Wellington, said the fundraising event was the biggest one since he took over the running of the charity last July but he had already been left overwhelmed by everybody's enthusiasm.

The money raised will go towards the funding of the community and to help buy life saving drugs at St Andrew's Hospital in the Mtunthama region of Malawi.

Mr Drew said: “The interest we have received from people since announcing the Big Climb has been fantastic but now we need to ensure everyone is registered on the website so we can put the final preparations in place for the day.

“Hamish has taken people of all abilities to the summit so nobody should be put off – we will get there as a team and raise hundreds of pounds along the way.”

Mr Armytage added: “I'm looking forward to taking the Medic Malawi supporters to the summit of Snowdon and of course helping to raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

“The work they do really does save lives so all of the mountain leaders at Mountain Philosophy are glad they can help make a difference.”

The registration fee for the trek is £25 payable to Mountain Philosophy and each walker is asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £100.

Walkers will be meeting at the Ranger's Path car park at 9am. Organisers may co-ordinate transport if enough fundraisers require it.

To request a registration pack e-mail Mr Drew at To find out more about the work of the charity visit and follow it on Twitter @medicmalawi.

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