This was my first challenge on behalf of the St. James’s Place Foundation and what an incredible experience it turned out to be. The main focus was ultimately to raise funds for the foundation and I’m really pleased to say that overall the whole team raised over £100,000.
My reasoning for the trip was twofold…
I had been deeply moved by a young man by the name of Stephen Sutton, who had been raising funds for Teenage Cancer Trust (one of the charities that the St. James’s Place Foundation support), who regardless of his own terminal plight, put all else aside to raise funds for others. Although Stephen sadly lost his fight for life, his fund raising has exceeded the £4m mark.
And from my own personal goal to see if I could manage the climb itself, which I knew would encompass various issues about fitness and altitude sickness.
Pleasingly, the view from the top was quite magnificent and I await news of the next challenge! The camaraderie that we experienced during the climb was also quite incredible, with each and every person looking out for their colleagues and new found friends.
And a huge thank you to clients, friends and family who so generously supported us along the way.