IT WAS third time lucky for a team of Santas who tackled Snowdon for charity.
Colleagues from Warwick-based developer AC Lloyd and estate agents ehB Commercial, Hawkesford and Framptons planned to hold their annual festive parties atop the highest mountain in Wales, but due to snow the trek had to be postponed.
It was rescheduled for February, but the Beast from the East struck leading the hike to be called off for a second time.
The team were delighted to finally make it to the top, and still insisted on wearing their Santa hats and costumes.
The hike raised more than £16,000 for Leamington-based charity Young People First – which helps transform the lives of local disadvantaged young people.
AC Lloyd director Alistair Clark said: “It was exhilarating reaching the summit, unfortunately there were no views at the top as the summit was covered in cloud. The other walkers seemed bemused to see a group of Santas at the top of Snowdon.
“It was a 14-mile round trip and there were a few aching limbs in the following days but it was worthwhile to raise such a great amount for Young People First.”
And David Skoppek from the charity – who joined the hikers and even took his guitar up the mountain to perform a rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town – said the businesses raised more than double the amount he expected.
He said: “We are overwhelmed so many accepted our invitation to take part in Santas Rock Snowdon and for their unswerving support when we had to cancel twice due to the snow.
“To have reached more than £16,000 is staggering and will make such a difference to the vulnerable young people we support in Coventry and Warwickshire.”