This month, Pippa’s Guardians’ own Lisa Hughes took on the considerable challenge of trekking 25k over the Brecon Beacons to raise funds for Scotty’s Little Soldiers – a charity dedicated to supporting bereaved British Armed Forces childrengiving them the chance to smile again.

Lisa Hughes and Kelly Wright – up for the challenge

Lisa and another three Ledbury women, describing themselves as ‘very unlikely suspects’ for the significant hiking challenge, were inspired to raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers after the group discovered the charity on Facebook and were impressed by their work, forming the aptly named group ‘Scotty’s Little Helpers’ and setting up their own Justgiving page.

The group broke out their waterproofs and walking books to brave the harsh mountainous South Wales terrain which currently serves as an SAS training ground, hopeful that the tough ordeal would encourage people to donate and to help them reach their £1000 fundraising target. 

As they ascended the highest peak in South Wales, Pen Y Fan, they faced vertical climbs, rough terrain, wind, hail and torrential rain; but, soldiering on, the four were able to successfully complete the trek in less than eight ours, with Lisa finishing in an impressive 7 hours and 29 minutes and raising a combined total of over £1400 for Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

The group said the hiking event was ‘very well run’ and that they were ‘spurred on through the hard bits knowing we were trekking for a great cause – the work Scotty’s Little Helpers do is truly is fantastic and this was our way to help the children they support.’

Congratulations to Lisa and her team! To find out more about Scotty’s Little Helpers challenge and to donate, visit: