At 2 weeks old my daughter was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. It’s come with its complications and it’s been a bumpy ride. It’s a condition we believe needs more awareness – Jordan, mum of Ava aged 3.
This determination to raise awareness of congenital hypothyroidism was the prompt for Jordan to form ‘Ava’s Army.’ This intrepid team of fundraisers climbed Mount Snowden to raise funds and awareness for our work. Jordan said: We started our day at 4 am and finished it at 11 pm.

The climb itself took us 6 hours all in all: 3.5 hours up and 2.5 hours back down. It was the hardest thing I have ever done but we managed to conquer through the pain. My mum, who is terrified of heights, did amazingly well getting to the top, as did my 18-year-old sister.

Ava’s dad carried her the whole way up and down and Ava was so well behaved I honestly could not fault her all day. We are completely over the moon we got her to the top. Not many people can say at 3 years old they climbed Snowdon. We met some incredible people on the way, most of whom made donations to our cause and one person even gave us a jumper to keep Ava warm at the top as it was so cold. It was an amazing experience and we are so thankful to every single person who donated and helped us get to such an incredible amount. A super tough, emotional but amazing day.

Ava’s army raised £1,135 for the BTF.

Jordan and Ava at the top! Jordan, Ava and Ava's dad