A FRIEND of a former Rydal Penrhos pupil who died in a tractor accident is set to scale Ben Nevis in the hope of raising a mountain of cash.

Helen Middlehurst, 55, is taking to the UK’s highest peak to raise money for Hope House Children’s Hospices in memory of family friend Chloe Farrell, 22.

Chloe, a former pupil at Howells School in Denbigh and Rydal Penrhos in Colwyn Bay, was killed in May 2017 after the tractor she was riding on overturned at a holiday park in Abersoch.

Her friend and family were able to say goodbye to her in the Snowflake Room at Ty Gobaith - a special temperature controlled room.

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Helen Middlehurst is trekking up Ben Nevis to raise funds for Hope House Children’s Hospices in memory of Chloe Farrell

Helen, who has taken up a new challenge working alongside her husband, Nick, in their financial services business, has been set a target of raising £3,000 by Chloe’s mum, Karen.

She said: “I knew Chloe almost all her life. Karen, her mum, and I met when Chloe, her brother Brad and my children George and Lucy were all in nursery together in Llanarmon. We’ve been firm friends ever since.

“It’s been just over two years since the devastating loss of Chloe and I decided to walk up Ben Nevis to raise money for Ty Gobaith.

“The hospice provided Karen, her family and friends such amazing help following Chloe’s accident and their support is something for which we will always be grateful," added Helen, who is from the Flintshire area. 

“Having walked up Snowdon and Scafell Pike already I’m determined to go up Ben Nevis to conclude my challenge of walking up the three highest mountains in the UK.

“Chloe was herself a huge supporter of Hope House Children’s Hospices and raised an amazing £10,000 for the charity the year before her accident by completing the three peaks challenge."

Helen's challenge will take place on September 14. More than £2,000 has already been raised. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helen-middlehurst