David Snowdon-Jones MBE -a brief history of fund raising
Flintshire born and educated. In November this year (2007) David, his wife Audrey
and family will be celebrating 40 years of trading at the Cherry Pie Inn, Melin-y-Wern
near Mold in the County of Flintshire.
Sunday 29th October 1972 was the starting date of a fund raising period of 35 years,
climbing to the summit of Snowdon and walking non-stop to Moel Fammau, the highest
point in the Clwydian range, the effort on behalf of the Save the Children charity.
Three years later on 11th May 1975, making a non-stop walk from the Jubilee Tower
on Moel Fammau to the summit of Snowdon in aid of ARC (Arthritis and Rheumatism Council).
In 1977 making a solo run and blazing the trail for the Tavern Trail Fell Run from
the Kinmel Arms Tavern in Llandyrnog, 14 gruelling miles along the Clwydian range
to Moel Fammau and back to the Kinmel Arms, raising many thousands of pounds to assist
research into the charity Muscular Dystrophy Group of GB.
In 1980, and on behalf of the charity RNLI, a 75 mile walk along the North Wales
Promoting many charity concerts in local theatres, fund raising for Muscular Dystrophy
research, and many more good causes.
Friday 30th April 1982, presented with the 'Boy in a Wheelchair' award at Theatr
Clwyd in Mold. Kevin Keegan, then captain of the England soccer eleven, performed
the unveiling ceremony. The 'Boy' was pushed on many occasions and displayed at the
Ruthin Craft Centre, Theatr Clwyd and the forecourt of the Cherry Pie Inn, Melin-y-Wern
and in 1982 David pushed the boy from Ruthin to Mold over the Bwlch-pen-Barras pass
and on to his home at the Cherry Pie Inn.
In June 1984, on behalf of the Tirion Trust and the Samaritans, climbing Cader Idris,
on to Snowdon and finishing on Moel Fammau - 125 miles non-stop walking.
1988, a wheelchair push from the summit of Snowdon to the market town of Mold, highlighting
the plight of wheelchair users and raising money in aid of Muscular Dystrophy.
April 28th and 29th 1990, from the jubilee Tower on Moel Fammau, a non-stop solo
walk to the summit of Snowdon and back again to Moel Fammau - 110 miles - raising
thousands of pounds and supporting the research programme into Muscular Dystrophy.
On 11th and 12th November 1994, and on behalf of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation,
a solo non-stop walk from the summit of Snowdon and on to Liverpool - 85 miles -
raising money and highlighting the cause and the research programme into Lung Cancer.
In 1995 winning the award Man of the Year, a community award by the Chronicle Newspapers
and Manweb, and presented by the Duke of Westminster.
14th December 1997, a solo non-stop walk from the Jubilee Tower on Moel Fammau and
over the new Flintshire Bridge (a Rotary Fund Raising event) and on to the Roy Castle
Lung Cancer Foundation Research Centre in London Road, Liverpool, approximately 85
David Snowdon-Jones M.B.E.
The Long Distance Walk - June 1984
A solo, non stop fund raising walk highlighting and fund raising in aid of the Samaritans
and Tirion Trust.
Approximate distance: 128 miles.
July 2002, presented with the award of MBE for services to charity in North East
Wales. The presentation was made by Prince Charles in Buckingham Palace.
On his 65th birthday, 1st May 1995, started the `Jubilee Challenge' to walk to the
top of Moel Fammau 1,000 times and complete in time for his 70th birthday on 1st
May 2000 (Millennium) and adding another 500 to the challenge to be completed by
his 80th birthday in 2010, hopefully reaching 1,450 climbs by Saturday the 7th of
July 2007 in support of the Eisteddfod in Mold, 4th to 11th August.
PS: During the 1000 'Jubilee Challenge', walking to Moel Fammau from: