Emsworth pub customers and staff join forces to conquer Snowdon

HIKE Sally Taylor, far left, landlady of The Lord Raglan, who was joined by the barmaids and customers from the pub for a fundraising trek up Mount Snowdon
HIKE Sally Taylor, far left, landlady of The Lord Raglan, who was joined by the barmaids and customers from the pub for a fundraising trek up Mount Snowdon
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A PUB landlady and five of her staff and customers scaled Wales’ tallest peak for victims of stroke.

Sally Taylor, 32, who runs The Lord Raglan, in Emsworth, with her partner Peter Mahoney, was moved to undertake the challenge after seeing first-hand how devastating strokes can be.

Sally’s mother-in-law, Brenda Mahoney, is in a nursing home following a life-changing stroke two years ago. She is unable to communicate with her family.

At 69 she is the youngest person at the home.

Sally scaled Mount Snowdon with five female members of staff in just over five hours and managed to raise £850 for Emsworth Stroke Club.

She said: ‘My mother-in-law had a stroke about two years ago but managed to recover surprisingly quickly.

‘As a celebration she and my father-in-law David went to Cyprus for a month.

‘The day after she came back she had a major stroke which was devastating. We do not know if she knows we are there when we visit but she gets very upset when we take our daughter Layla-Rose.

‘David visits her every single day and feeds her, reads to her and just keeps her company.

‘It’s so sad because this is a time when she should be enjoying her first grandchild.

‘The Emsworth Stroke Club is a very small charity.

‘It does amazing things for both stroke victims and their families.

‘Any stroke charity club or association always gets 100 per cent support from us as it’s a cause close to our hearts. We have managed to raise £850 for them, just from the regulars in the pub who have been so generous.

‘As this club is run by volunteers and they visit stroke victims in their homes or care homes, the money will hopefully help towards a vehicle and possibly travel expenses.’

Sally was joined on the climb last month by barmaids Gemma Mullin, Belynda Jay and Sharon Mac and pub customers Jacqui Rogers and Karen Allaway.

They were told it was too wet and windy to climb but they persisted and on the way down they enjoyed beautiful sunshine.

Emsworth Stroke Club meets at the Emsworth Centre, South Street, every Thursday between 2pm and 4pm.