Snowpaedic Challenge success

Release Date: 30/07/2018

Snowpaedic Challenge success

Over 125 walkers joined together to trek up Mount Snowdon in memory of a popular Shropshire doctor and a young orthopaedic patient whilst also raising almost £6,000 for a ground-breaking Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre.

The annual Snowpaedic Challenge is organised by The Orthopaedic Institute, a charity based at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry which supports research and teaching through voluntary contributions to benefit patients.

This year, the walk was held in memory of Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Professor ‘Prof’ James Richardson, an enthusiastic supporter of the event who sadly passed away earlier this year, and RJAH patient, Stuart Dickens.

Debra Alexander, Fundraiser for the Orthopaedic Institute, said: “Stuart had two hip replacements due to a rare bone condition, avascular necrosis, which causes a loss of blood supply resulting in the bones decaying.

“His surgery was performed at RJAH under the care of Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Army Surgeon Lieutenant Colonel Carl Meyer.

“To thank Lt Col Meyer and RJAH for his care, Stuart decided to walk up Mount Snowdon to help raise money which is how the Snowpaedic Challenge was born.

“This is only one of the fundraising events Stuart initiated, and he helped raise over £16,000 towards the new Veterans’ Centre.

“Sadly, Stuart passed away on 4 May at only 30 years old.”

Recently, a £1.5 million appeal was launched to fund a Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre at RJAH which will allow veterans and serving military personnel to be treated in a dedicated care environment.

The service, which is the first of its kind in the UK, is led by Lt Col Carl Meyer.

A total of 126 walkers braved the adverse conditions on the day to walk up Prof’s preferred route, the Llanberis Path, which is approximately nine miles up and down.

Debra added: “We had 119 people booked to participate in the challenge, but given the weather forecast I expected around 50 to show up. I was delighted and amazed at the number of people who showed up to take part.

“So far we have raised almost £6,000 and still have more sponsorship money expected to come in over the next few weeks.

“After the walk, we held a toast to Prof and Stuart who are both very special gentleman and will be remembered for many reasons, but especially for their kindness and consideration to others.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us for the Snowpaedic Challenge and for their continued support.”

To support the Veterans Orthopaedic Centre campaign, details can be found on the dedicated webpage here -

If you would like to take part in next year’s Snowpaedic Challenge, please contact Debra Alexander on 01691 404561.


Picture caption: RJAH Audio Typist Ellie Roberts during the Snowpaedic Challenge


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