KIND-hearted hospital staff are going up in the world as part of a determined campaign to help a life-saving homeless hostel in Wrexham.

Among them will be operating department practitioner Catrin Stace-Jones and anaesthetist Lindsey Edge-Smith, who work at the Spire Yale Hospital in Wrexham.

They will be climbing 1,085 metres to the top of Wales’s highest mountain, Snowdon, and are encouraging as many of their work colleagues as possible to join them. They are also organising a raffle.

Funds raised via the sponsored climb will go to replenish vital supplies at T? Nos homeless shelter in Wrexham which is so busy that nearly every night it has to turn away desperate people with nowhere else to sleep.

Andrew Edwards, who manages the 16-bed shelter in Holt Road, said they are immensely grateful to Catrin, Lindsey and their workmates at the private Spire Yale Hospital for coming up with a dynamic action plan to help.

T? Nos provides more than 5,000 overnight stays a year and is a vital resource for struggling men and women of all ages.

Catrin said: “I know the shelter needs more beds, along with other important supplies such as pillows, bedding, toiletries and personal hygiene products. I thought if we could organise a major sponsored event we might raise enough to buy some larger items, particularly the extra beds.”

Catrin, 31, who grew up in Coedpoeth but now lives with her husband in Borras, believes that if groups of local people get together to undertake just one fundraising activity so much more could be done to prevent people having to sleep on the streets at night.

She said: “It’s hard for one person individually to make a big difference but if we got together in groups and all did our bit, it could have a major impact and give people in dire need a taste of a the home comforts most of us take for granted.

“This shelter always receives a boost in support over Christmas when people become increasingly aware of the needs of those without a home to go to. But the fact is they need somewhere safe to sleep every night of the year - winter, spring, summer and autumn - and the shelter is currently bursting at the seams.”

Catrin has set a fundraising target of £1,000 for the Snowdon walk on June 9.

Lindsey, of Wrexham, is a team leader in the Spire Yale Hospital anaesthetics department. She and Catrin are also urging family members and friends outside work to put their best feet forward up Snowdon.

About 11 staff have already signed up for the energy-sapping event, along with some of the regular volunteers from T? Nos shelter.

She said: “Unfortunately he has dodgy knees after years of playing football, so he can’t do the climb, but he’ll certainly be there at the bottom with lots of bottles of water to hand out to us as we come back down.

“We welcome people to come along and cheer us on or meet us with a congratulatory smile after the walk. And of course anyone who is not up to doing the walk can sponsor us or just donate to the worthy cause.”

Donations of food or clothing to the shelter can be made during the daytime at The Foyer behind the Tesco store in Wrexham, telephone 01978 262222, or after 8pm directly to T? Nos, call 01978 291274.