On Sunday, May 5, the Llandrindod Wells Under 7s football team climbed to the top of Pen y Fan to raise money for two local charities: Mid Powys Mind and Brecon Mountain Rescue.

All 17 members of the Under 7s team who set off on the walk reached the top of the mountain, accompanied by all of the team coaches and nearly 40 family and club members.

Kevin Hughes, a coach at the football club, said: “We are extremely grateful, both to all of those who took part and to those who sponsored the event. It was a lovely family day out, as well as raising a huge amount of money for charity.

“Working together to all reach the top emphasised the importance of team work to the players and helped to strengthen the bond between all involved with our football team.”

The club did plan on the young footballers to playing a match on the top of Pen y Fan, but when they were advised not to, Kevin took it upon himself to carry a game of table football all the way to the top for the boys to play instead.

Over £2,000 was raised from the sponsored walk, which was announced at the club’s end of season presentation day on Sunday, May 12.

Kevin explained why the club chose to raise money for Mid Powys Mind: “It’s just to raise awareness of how great it can be to walk and talk together and get outdoors as a group. It’s about mental health awareness and the benefits of doing such an activity.”

Brecon Mountain Rescue, which helped Kevin to organise the walk, was also chosen because of the “great work they undertake”, said Kevin.

Transport to and from Pen y Fan was provided free of charge by Phyl Davies of Celtic Travel, a family firm based in Llanidloes.

“I want to thank them for their generosity. It made the logistics of the day so much easier and their support is greatly appreciated,” Kevin said.