The staff of Smyths Daleside Feeds in Lifford reached their peak last weekend when they climbed the 2,185 ft of Muckish Mountain in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation.
The climb is an annual event in the Smyth’s calendar and having climbed Mt. Errigal the previous year in aid of the Donegal Hospice, the top of Muckish (Pig’s Back) was their destination this year.
Smyth’s along with the staff of their parent company, Donegal Creameries Plc., are hopeful that their climb will raise in excess of €5,000 for the Irish Heart Foundation.
Mr. Ray Winters, general manager of Smyths Daleside Feeds says he was delighted the climb was so successful.
“Every year we climb either Muckish or Errigal to raise money for charity and this year we were delighted to climb Muckish Mountain in support of the Irish Heart Foundation.
“Given the fact that a staggering 27 people every day suffer a stroke in Ireland and with 90% of their funding coming from public donations we believe that the Irish Heart Foundation is a very deserving charity and one that we were delighted to support”.
Smyths Daleside Feeds operates one of the most modern mills in Ireland and they have a heritage of making superior animal feeds since 1865.
However on Friday night no amount of bull nuts or lamb pellets could speed their progress over the bog and up the side of the mountain.
The overwhelming feeling of all the participants was one of great satisfaction having reached the top but most conceded and it was clearly visible in the purple faces, that it was a tough slog in getting their!