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A YOUNG drag queen climbed Mount Snowdon dressed  in drag on Saturday 27th April to raise awareness of Alabare and the support they give young people. 

Oberon Christmas, whose ‘drag name’ is ‘Gabriella’, used to live in Melksham but still returns to visit family and friends.

Oberon currently receives support from the Alabare charity who are providing sheltered accommodation. He wanted to give back to them by raising awareness of the services they provide. 

Alongside a group of 14, Oberon battled the elements of Storm Hannah dressed as ‘Gabriella’. Only five of the group, including Oberon and two staff members, made it to the summit in three hours, followed by a two-hour descent. 

Oberon said, “After the climb I felt empowered. It was a strong sense of pride and accomplishment, especially in the attire I was wearing. This was the first time I’ve climbed a mountain and it most certainly was not the hill I expected, it most definitely was a mountain!

“The weather was awful and made for a very harsh climb, resulting in the majority of the group giving up halfway, but for me the idea of the climb is to raise awareness for young people from supported housing to realise their potential and spread the word about Alabare. 

“I was the only climber in drag, so it was a personal task, which I was proud to complete! I currently do drag as a hobby, but I am aiming to make it my living.  I climbed in drag to make a statement and an accomplishment which I believe no drag queen has done before.”

For more information about the services Alabare provide visit: www.alabare.co.uk/youngpeople.  To support Oberon’s drag career follow ‘Gabriella Christmas’ on  Instagram  @intergalactic_hotspot.

 

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