A GROUP of friends have turned an unfortunate event into a force for good.

Back in August 2023, a team from Wrexham walking group Walkabout Women, embarked on a Sunday hike up to Cnicht, in Eryri.

They only made it as far as The Gully, as unfortunately one of the walkers slipped and fell.

Julie Davies was in considerable pain but luckily between the group, they had all the necessary things needed to help make her comfortable.

The Leader: Friends come together to help Julie Davies after her fall.Friends come together to help Julie Davies after her fall.

Walkabout Women member Laura Evison said: "We called 999 and they patched us through to the local mountain rescue team at Aberglaslyn .

"We were told to wait while the volunteer members were grouped together to come to our aid. It felt like forever.

"Three ladies Ceri Roberts, Sadie Amos and Janey Cabrera, all Julie's friends, went back to their cars to wait, ready to take Julie to hospital. It was very hard to see them leave their friend there.

"The remaining ladies - Diane Lazell, Christina Brewin, Amy Mitchell, Karen Robinson, myself and Hetty the dog - waited, keeping spirits high with laughter and stories.

The Leader: Julie Davies being airlifted to hospital, August 2023.Julie Davies being airlifted to hospital, August 2023.

"Then we saw the red dots in the distance come towards us, disappear, then reappear. Finally they reached us but made the decision not to move Julie, as she had a suspected broken ankle and the terrain was too rocky to descent.

"The coastguard was contacted and came to airlift Julie to hospital. We sat there for a total of three hours, had the weather been different etc the scene would have been much different.

"Julie was taken to the hospital and had an operation as she broke her ankle and two places in her leg but she is back walking on small walks at the moment."

The group has expressed their gratitude for coming to their aid on the day, and a fundraiser has been created.

The Leader: The painting The Gully, by Laura Evison, being raffled off to raise funds for Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team.The painting The Gully, by Laura Evison, being raffled off to raise funds for Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team.

Laura added: "I wanted to do something to thank them and remind us of that day, where we all came together as an unbreakable team.

"That's how The Gully painting began. In the painting the MRT are featured walking up to us. On February 5 we all went to HQ in Porthmadog to see the team, to thank them and also present them and Julie with a limited print of The Gully."

Julie said: "Seeing the mountain rescue team in sight walking up in the distance was such a heart warming relief. These guys had given up their free time to come up to rescue us. Without these volunteers I dread to think how I would have got off the mountain, it just doesn't bare thinking about.

The Leader: Hospital xrays after Julie Davies' fall.Hospital xrays after Julie Davies' fall.

"I will be forever grateful and have the greatest admiration for what these volunteers do. They're not just giving up their free time, they are also putting themselves at risk by going out to rescue people.

"It's just a shame that they rely on donations to keep the service running."

Laura has offered up the painting as a prize to raise funds for Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team. She said: "So far we have raised £615 and hope to raise more. The original painting will be in a draw to win, at £5 per entry, with all proceeds to the MRT. Prints are also available with a donation of £5 also to the MRT."

To donate and be in with a chance to win The Gully, visit: tinyurl.com/sxpcycbt