MARTHA CLIMBS TO THE TOP

Many of you will have heard about the recent developments in Zimbabwe, which have left a trail of devastation throughout the country due to recent rioting over massive inflation and the increase in fuel prices.

This has affected lots of Zimbabweans living in Wales who have relations in the country. Martha Musonza Holman from local charity, Love Zimbabwe decided to do something about the situation and raise funds to send out to people who live in her local area, Domboshawa to help them buy food and fuel.

She chose to climb Pen-y-Fan mountain, in the Brecon Beacons, the highest peak in South Wales.

Within three days Marth had already raised £800 in sponsorship, mainly from people in Abergavenny.

This encouraged her to go ahead with the climb despite the snowy weather.

Fortunately, on the day, 30th January, the day was clear but very cold.

Martha’s husband, David dropped Martha and her friend, Samara Hawthorn off at the Storey Arms to begin the ascent.

The whole climb took the pair five hours in all, struggling against strong winds and snow flurries near the top.

Martha said, ‘When we got near to the top, we could hardly see anything because of the cloud and snow. Little did we realise that just behind us the rocks dropped away. One step in the wrong direction would have been disastrous.’.

At about 2.30pm David spotted the pair coming back to the starting point, faces frozen with ice.

Hot tea soon followed along with celebrations to commemorate the achievement.

The current amount raised stands at £1,055.