A group of 30 fundraising hikers from the transport industry trekked up Wales’ highest mountain on Saturday (July 6) to celebrate the memory of Peter Huntley, raising more than £18,000 for international development charity, Transaid.

The walk, which started at 9am, and took six hours was held as a tribute the former managing director of Go North East and founder of specialist public transport consultants TAS Partnership, who died last year whilst training for an expedition to the North Pole.

Huntley was a keen walker, cyclist and climber and had raised thousands of pounds in his lifetime for charities. He had hoped to raise £10,000 for Transaid with a trek from Russia to the Arctic Circle.

You can read more about Huntley and his achievements HERE.

The hiking group was made up of Huntley’s close family and friends, colleagues and charitable supporters from the rail, bus, coach and transport industries, including Passenger Transport editor Robert Jack. All walkers successfully climbed along the mountain’s Pyg Track to a height of 3,560 ft., taking in the stunning views of the Llanberis Lakes and enjoying the beautiful weather.

After reaching the summit the group paused for a well-deserved rest and photos, before making their way back down the mountain via the Llanberis path, ending the walk at a local pub to share memories of Peter and toast the achievements of the day.

Gary Forster, Chief Executive of Transaid, says: “The Snowdon expedition was a fantastic event and we are incredibly thankful to all those who took part and donated. This money raised will help Transaid continue a number of important projects focusing on the improvement and development of transportation solutions in developing countries.

“Peter was a great champion of Transaid and his philanthropic spirit really spurred the walkers on when things got a little challenging on Saturday. We’re delighted to have been able to hold this event in celebration of Peter’s memory and to have the support of so many kind people.”

Teams which took part in the walk included, Barber Smith, Barclays Corporate, Chester-le-Street Railway Station, TAS Partnership, Volvo Trucks, who were joined by representatives from Blackpool Transport, DHL, Ipswich Buses, Clipper Logistics and Watchdogs Ltd.

Transaid (www.transaid.org) is an international development agency that aims to improve people’s quality of life in the developing world by making transport more available and affordable. It was founded by Save TheChildren and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) and works by sharing skills and knowledge with local people to enable them to put in place and manage efficient transport systems.

Transaid’s core work includes creating transport management systems for the public sector and assisting with the provision of professional driving qualification development and the training of driver trainers.  It also assists with teaching preventive vehicle maintenance management and introducing local, low cost transport solutions including its innovative bicycle ambulance. Transaid also helps promote HIV, AIDS and road safety awareness and shares its specialist knowledge with the humanitarian aid sector.

Transaid enjoys strong backing from the transport and logistics industry and the active involvement of its patron, HRH The Princess Royal.

For more information about any future Transaid events, please contact Florence Bearman on 020 7387 8136 or email florence@transaid.org