North West Wales

Breastfeeding mothers and cellists head up Snowdon

Two very different groups have made an ascent of Snowdon: breastfeeding mothers and an ensemble of cellists.

A total of 13 young musicians walked to the summit cafe in time to perform a lunchtime charity cello concert on Saturday.

Their instruments went up by train, followed by 80 members of a breastfeeding group.

Organisers had chartered a train to mark National Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

The cello concert featured children aged between six and 15, all members of Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias (CGWM), based at Galeri, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, and led by teacher Nicki Pearce.

They were raising money for the Ty Gobaith children's hospice in Conwy.

They had performed by the time the 1300 BST Snowdon Mountain Railway train left for the top with members of Gwynedd and Mon Breastfeeding Peer Supporters.

The group is made up of volunteers who have been trained by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the Welsh Government to support breastfeeding mothers in north Wales.

A group of 47 adults and 38 children were on board a train dubbed the "Breastfeeding Express", meeting some other members of the group who had walked to the summit.

Image caption Breastfeeding mothers and their supporters prepare to board the Snowdon train

Esther Griffiths, one of the peer supporters, said they had had a great day despite "horrendous" weather at the summit.

"It was really good fun and a great way to raise awareness of breastfeeding," she said.

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