Isabel climbs Snowdon to support Banbury autism group

Isabel Popplewell completed a climb up Mount Snowdon on June 29 to raise funds for Parent's Talking Aspergers. NNL-150714-170534001
Isabel Popplewell completed a climb up Mount Snowdon on June 29 to raise funds for Parent's Talking Aspergers. NNL-150714-170534001

A Banbury mum has raised £600 for Parents Talking Asperger’s (PTA) after climbing Mount Snowdon with her husband.

Isabel Popplewell was one of the group’s first members when it set up in 2012, and is also a mother of a young adult with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Mrs Popplewell climbed the summit on June 29 in just under three hours with husband Carlton and said she felt a wave of emotion when reaching the summit as she also recently lost more than ten stone with Slimming World.

She said: “PTA is very close to my heart; it was there for me and my family when we just didn’t know where to turn. My husband and I felt so alone and desperate for so many years, having to cope with all that comes with being a parent of someone with Asperger’s Syndrome and autism.”

“Reaching the summit was a fantastic moment. I was very emotional because it represented my weight loss journey as well as our family’s journey with autism.”

Karen Irvani, principal and founder of PTA, added: “When Isabel told me of her climbing plans, I was almost spEechless; almost a miracle for anyone who knows me!

“This kind of commitment to fundraising is phenomenal and will really help as we meet the increasing demand to support more families. I’ve watched as Isabel committed to losing weight and that was awesome in itself. To climb a mountain to raise funds for our cause so soon afterward is no less awesome.

“I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored Isabel on her climb. Special bonds are formed between parents, children and community alike at PTA.”

The group is holding their next fun night at their base at the Baptist Centre in Middleton Cheney on September 10 from 6.30pm-8.30pm. For more information visit www.parents-talking-aspergers.co.uk or find PTA on Facebook.