Premier Forest Products
Premier Forest Products


August 2007

Charity Climb Tops Up Pensioner Donations
A Director at leading independent timber importer Premier Forest Products has conquered Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in The Alps and Western Europe in a bid to raise money for a charity that provides for ex-timber industry pensioners.

Dilwyn Howells, one of Premier's founding directors, raised over £1,200 for the Timber Trade Benevolent Society (TTBS) with the challenging climb, reaching the mountain's summit on his first attempt in August. Dilywn already has an impressive list of sporting achievements, including a 6,000 metre climb of Mount Kilimanjaro last year.

Dilwyn Howells, one of Premier's founding directors, raised over 1,200 for the Timber Trade Benevolent Society (TTBS) with the challenging climb

Mr Howells said:
"I wanted my latest expedition to be more challenging, both on a physical and personal level, which is why I decided to combine the climb with raising money for a charity that is very important to us at Premier.

"The climb was grueling and intense, but it is incredibly satisfying to have made it up and back safely. I would like to thank everyone who had faith in my climbing abilities, and all their money is going to a very worthwhile cause".

Mont Blanc stands at 4,805 metres, and preparation for the climb included months of fitness training, then a number of days of acclimatisation and training, which involved sleeping at high altitude, walking across glaciers, climbing the Arete De Cosmiques and practising the use of crampons and ice axes. 

Dilwyn funded the trip personally, so that 100 per cent of the money raised would go directly to the TTBS, which was set up in order to aid ex-timber trade pensioners who have fallen upon hard times.

Friends, colleagues and industry contacts all donated generously and the total raised exceeded all expectations.


Malcolm Job, General Manager of the TTBS, said:
"We would like to thank Dilwyn for all his efforts, and the money raised is gratefully accepted. The TTBS relies heavily upon donations, with two-thirds of our income coming from fundraising events and contributions, so we are always grateful to receive any donations, both big and small. I am amazed at the heights to which TTBS supporters will go to raise money for the society!"

For further information on the TTBS, and how you can get involved please visit



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