With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of the safety of all involved, it is with great sadness that we have to announce the further postponement of our Brecon Beacons Night Hike. The event held in memory of Tom Walker, which was due to take place on Saturday 20th March 2021, will be rearranged for a future date.
Tom Walker was a quiet, considerate and caring boy from Monmouth. In February 2018 Tom’s grandfather found a leaflet about hiking in the dark up Pen Y Fan, the tallest mountain in South Wales, and raising funds for Cancer Research Wales. Tim, Tom’s father, had a new pair of walking boots he needed to wear in. Tom wanted to get fitter so he could be a rowing cox. ‘Two birds, one stone.’
They completed the walk as scheduled on Friday 23rd March in the rain, wind, snow and fog. If you cast your minds back to that date, it was when the ‘Beast from the East’ was in full flow. Tom found it hard but he carried on with lots of encouragement, despite being the youngest participant on the hike.
Sadly Tom fell ill on Monday 28th May 2018, and after just over two weeks of decline with a range of conditions, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia on Wednesday 13th June. His condition rapidly worsened while he was having an operation on Thursday 14th June to prepare him for chemotherapy, and he died after returning to intensive care that afternoon. He was aged 13.
Less than three months before Tom died, before he knew he had leukaemia, he raised several hundred pounds for Cancer Research Wales by taking part in the Brecon Beacons Night Hike.
Following Tom’s sad passing, his parents, Tim and Debbie, sisters Holly and Emily, and the amazing community in the Monmouth area, have tirelessly raised funds for a research scholarship in his memory.
All monies raised from this epic challenge will support vital cancer research projects in memory of Tom.
Registration and fundraising
Registration fee: £35.00 (Adult, 18+) and £25.00 (Child, aged 12-17)
Please note that participants must be over 12 years of age at the date of the event, and all under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Unfortunately for safety reasons no dogs are allowed at this event. All participants must pay and register in full prior to the event. Full event Terms and Conditions can be found here.
Minimum sponsorship: £100.00 per person.
Family/Group sponsorship can be discussed.
- Entry to the event – date to be confirmed.
- Event management from JT Expeditions staff and mountain leaders, including radio communication.
- Safety, first aid and emergency equipment.
- Risk assessment and emergency procedures.
- Sufficient water for participants.
- Hot drinks and snacks.
- Donation to National Trust, to maintain our beautiful landscapes.
- Branded bobble hat.
- Fundraising support and tools from Cancer Research Wales, with dedicated point of contact to support you through the entire process.
- Regular event updates.
What’s not included?
- Transport and accommodation.
- Personal injury and cancellation insurance.
- Head torch and specialist equipment (discount codes provided in sign-up pack).
Sponsorship opportunities are available on request. Please contact the fundraising team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02920 316 976 to discuss.