Twenty-four hours after setting off to climb Ben Nevis, the BGA team completed the Three Peaks
Challenge at the top of Snowdon. It was a very challenging journey, hindered by accidents and
animals on the road, causing late night climbs with low visibility. Mass erosion of the paths of
Snowdon due to over-use also put the team to the test on the final peak.
The BGA team persisted in order to raise essential funds for the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust – Year
of the Gamekeeper. The team have so far raised £3,435.
The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust exists to support gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies, and their
dependents past and present. They provide financial grants for gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies
and their families in times of hardship, ill health and retirement. The helpline is a key part of the
service providing a confidential listening service with information and support on a wide variety of
issues including health, retirement, redundancy, housing and employment issues.
The Year of the Gamekeeper is a multi-organisational initiative which aims to raise the profile of
gamekeepers, and to celebrate their unique position as custodians of the countryside. It also aims to
support and sustain the future of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust. The initiative seeks to raise
£222,000 by the end of next year, through encouraging every gamekeeper and member of the
shooting community to do one thing in 2022 to raise funds for the GWT.
Head of Operations, Louisa Clutterbuck, who completed the challenge said
“We are absolutely delighted to be raising money for year of the Gamekeeper and finally having been able to complete the three peaks challenge. We wanted to fundraise for this fantastic cause because we had a friend in the village, the local gamekeeper, who was diagnosed with depression, lost his firearms certificate, and sadly later lost his life as a result of suicide. He needed someone to talk to, and if he had known about the GWT it might not have happened. This coming season is going to be a difficult one so the GWT will be needed more than ever, and in turn they need the support and donations. It is so important that each member of the shooting community looks after each other, and the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust is integral in this.”