The county chair of Brecknock YFC has climbed the three highest peaks in Wales for two worthwhile causes.

29-year-old Emma Rees, from Llandefalle, Brecon, completed the feat with family and friends on June 18.

The challenge was just one activity in a three-part fundraiser Emma is taking part in, to raise money for Brecon Mountain Rescue and Velindre Cancer Unit. The fundraiser is part of her tenure as Brecknock Young Farmers Club County Chair.

The group of 12 started with Snowdon at 5am, before making their way to Cadair Idris and finally climbing Pen y Fan as the bad weather closed in – completing all three in around 14 hours. The core team was also joined by around 30 further walkers for the final peak – a fantastic show of support in the wet and windy conditions.

With one challenge still to complete, Emma has already surpassed her initial fundraising target of £3,000, with her current tally up to £3,500.

Emma, who works for NFU Mutual Builth Wells, is being supported with a donation of £50 from the insurer’s £30,000 Community Champions Scheme, which supports causes close the heart of its people by donating to staff fundraising events and initiatives.

Emma said: “The Welsh Three Peaks was a fantastic day and everyone enjoyed themselves. The weather was on our side for Snowdon and Cadair Idris but Pen y Fan was a little damp. A team of supporters were there to keep us fed and watered throughout the day to make sure everyone completed it. Thanks particularly to my Dad, Lynsey Rees, my Auntie Jayne Owen-Rees and Rob and Sharon Healey who acted as our support and transport crew throughout the day.

“A huge thanks also to Morgans Family Butchers for donating bacon and sausages for our breakfast after Snowdon, Brecon Coop for donating the breakfast rolls, Radnor Hills for donating 24 bottles of water, Brecon Motors for the minibus hire and Tai’r Bull for the curry after Pen Y Fan. It was fantastic to see the community pull together and have support from so many local businesses.”

Having now completed the Great Welsh Marathon and the Welsh Three Peaks, Emma will look to finish her fundraising endeavours with a 110-mile bike ride on Saturday, July 9. For her final challenge, Emma will be cycling around the county of Brecknock and visiting each of the 12 Young Farmers Clubs, aiming to cover the distance in under 12 hours. Totalling 110 miles, the cycle will begin in Ystradfellte, the most southern club, and finish in Llandefalle, Emma’s home club.

Emma added: “I think the Brecknock cycle will be the toughest challenge of the three, but I wanted to incorporate all YFC clubs into one of the challenges, and that’s where the Great Brecknock Cycle was born.

“I am proud to be supporting Velindre Cancer Centre and Brecon Mountain Rescue. Both charities provide invaluable services and facilities. Without fundraising, they would struggle to maintain staff training and keep equipment up to date. I’m so please to have met my original fundraising target but want to keep pushing for as much support as possible – every pound counts to these vital services in our community.”

To support Emma’s fundraising efforts, please visit her JustGiving pages: (Brecon Mountain Rescue) (Velindre Cancer Unit)