A Powys woman with a chronic lung condition is climbing Yr Wyddfa - or Mount Snowdon - every month for a year to raise money for charity.

Anita Kendrick, 54, from Welshpool who suffers from cystic fibrosis is raising money for a charity which tackles the condition by climbing the tallest peak in Wales every month for a year.

“When I was born in 1969 not much was known about Cystic Fibrosis only that most people born would not live past their teenage years,” said Anita. “I was told I would not live past 15 years old – I'm now 54.”

“I am walking in memory of Sally Watkins and Karen Duckers, both friends of mine, who both lost their lives way to early from Cystic Fibrosis.”

County Times: Anita climbing the sheer ice of SnowdonAnita climbing the sheer ice of Snowdon (Image: Anita Kendrick)

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic condition which causes thick sticky mucus to block the digestive system and lungs, making breathing difficult, and making it easier to pick up lung infections.

Over time, repeated lung infections cause inflammation of the lungs, reducing life expectancy. This meant until very recently the average life expectancy of someone with the condition was around just 30 years old.


Anita is raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust who fund “cutting-edge research, driving up standards of care and supporting people with the condition and their loved ones every step of the way.”

She is now around halfway through her challenge and has already faced severe heat in the summer and fierce cold in the winter which left parts of the mountain perilous – with streams of water frozen into solid blocks of ice.

County Times: Anita was joined by her 78 year old mother on the latest climbAnita was joined by her 78 year old mother on the latest climb (Image: Anita Kendrick)

Anita has already been joined by friends and family on her climbs, including her most recent ascent where she was joined by her 78-year-old mother.

“I have walked all the different routes up Snowdon now, apart from Crib Goch with its infamous knife edge, which I hope to do before July,” added Anita. “Many of my friends have accompanied me and the support and encouragement has been tremendous.

“I am determined to reach the summit of Snowdon every month to raise money. It will keep me fit and well and push me to my limit."

You can donate to Anita on her JustGiving page here