This appeal is to fund my down suit for my Mount Everest summit attempt in May 2015. An important part of climbing to the top of the world is acclimatisation we are giving ourselves the best chance of completing this task by spending 3 months in the Himalayas in preparation. Amongst our many training climbs will be Island Peak (6189 m), a mountain used for the same purpose by Sir Edmund Hilary before his successful summit attempt 61yrs ago.
I think a challenge such as this is an excellent way of raising awareness and funds for charity. A charity that I am supporting is The Endeavour Trust. www.endeavour.org.uk Endeavour is a small national charity working at grass roots level with some of England's most disadvantaged and disaffected young people. In this country, there are in excess of a million young people in neither education, the work place nor training. Endeavour is one of the oldest charities in the country. They are self-confessed as neither fashionable nor flavour of the month but their mission statement is ‘if we can put young people into the workplace, and with a moral compass, then we will safeguard future generations.’ I think this is a worthwhile cause and one I am very happy to put my name to.
I need a down suit to stop me becoming a permanent feature at the top of the mountain! If I can get sufficient funds for the down suit, I hope to look like a Formula 1 driver with the names of everyone who contributed towards this.
This is not a holiday, it is taking an awful lot of training, determination and organisation. Alongside this I have done plenty of research and read plenty of accounts of climbing Everest. Something that rings true for me is the mental strength it takes to do it. If my down suit has the names of lots of people who have supported me personally, I believe it will help me through the tough times at the top and give me that extra bit of strength to get me through.