A FUNDRAISER based in Rhyl is to walk up Snowdon for charity next weekend while dressed as a teddy bear.

Richard Kendrick, who has raised money for a numerous causes in the past 10 to 15 years, is to lead a group of about 20 people up the Llanberis Path on Saturday, August 13 while donning the bear suit.

The walk will be in aid of the Royal British Legion, who Richard dedicates much of his fundraising efforts to.

He said: “There’s about 20 of us going next Saturday, we’ll be there at 8am.

“A lot of them are veterans, and I’ve got some local friends coming, some children and grandchildren of veterans, and two Cadets.

“Because I’m dressed as a bear, we’ll go up the Llanberis Path because it’s safer – I can’t see a lot! It’s a bit longer, but it’s safer for me – bigger steps, so it’s a lot easier.

“I’ve done it as a bear before – I went up twice in one night last year; first my own clothes, and then I came back down, got changed (into the bear costume) and went back up!”


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The Llanberis Path is 14.5km in length and takes roughly seven hours to complete.

In June, Richard was named one of the “Platinum Champions”, recognising outstanding volunteers across the UK, as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

In April, he also spent a night on Rhyl High Street sleeping rough, raising hundreds of pounds for the Royal British Legion in doing so.

On the costume, Richard previously told the Journal: “Kids love him and always come up and give him money, because he’s a teddy bear dressed as a soldier!”

You can donate to Richard’s cause for his Snowdon walk by visiting: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Richard-Kendrick10.