Corrie Stars swap cobbles for the Brecon Beacons
Last weekend the sun shone and all was good with the world. While many of us were settling down to long afternoons in the garden and the joys of the first BBQ of the summer, Dawn was taking part in TrekFest.
This gruelling challenge takes in the hills of Wales’ Brecon Beacons, covering a total of 50km. Thankfully, she didn’t have to do it alone as she was part of Team Vital, which included Coronation Street actresses Dawn accompanied Coronation Street actresses Catherine Tyldesley (Eva, pictured below), Tisha Merry (Steph) and Katie McGlynn (Sinead).
They were also joined by other clients and friends of the Manchester based publicity firm, Vital Management and Publicity, including Vital’s Laura Graham; VIVAEms; Andrew Cheung and Matt Warner from Ultimate Performance Manchester and Carly Guy.
Back: Dawn Fidler, Laura Graham – Vital Management, Tisha Merry Drew – Corrie. Matt Warner – Ultimate Performance, Andrew Cheung – Ultimate Performance, James Shepherd – Husband to Natalie Anderson fundraising for Bliss, Katie McGlynn – Corrie, Emma Wilkinson – Editor of Viva Magazine, Carly Guy – Hair & Makeup Artist
Front: Catherine Tyldesley – Corrie, Natalie Anderson – fundraising for Bliss
Dawn said, “It was definitely my hardest trek challenge so far, despite the training we put in beforehand. We set off at 9.30am in the morning on Saturday, and crossed the finish line at 5 minutes to midnight.
“Climbing Pen Y Fan, the highest mountain in South Wales, was tough. I was literally panting when we got to the top! Then the descent was even worse. It was much harder coming down the hills than we thought, by the time we’d reached that point we’d already walked so far and there was a lot of pressure on our hips and knees so it was a struggle.
Such an epic experience conjured up a range of emotions for the entire team, and certainly proved to be a fantastic bonding experience. According to the organisers 30% of those who started the trek had to pull out at some stage, unable to cross the finishing line. Dawn said it is thanks to the group she was walking with, as well as thoughts of Josh that kept her going.
“The strength of my boy and knowing how much money has been raised for both charities made sure I just kept putting one foot in front of the other!”
Donations are still coming in from the event, but at the last count Team Vital had raised nearly £10,000 which is to be split between The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity and Parkinsons UK.
Official corporate sponsors for Team Vital included Vital Management & Publicity, Regatta, David Lloyd, Ultimate Performance, Penny Crayon and Jim Bags.
To donate please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/teamvital01