* Everest for charity *

I have been attempting the Seven Summits as a pursuit of my own personal goals. Since the age of 12 I have dreamed of reaching the summit of Everest. I did not, and still do not, know how or if I will achieve this significant challenge however if you do not try then you never know if you can achieve things and you may then regret not trying things for the rest of your life.

I am attempting Everest for personal reasons and as such I am not looking for any donations from individuals towards the cost of the expedition – all of my adventures have been self funded (or self debted) to date. The rest of the seven summits done to date have been a process for me to gain experience and hopefully prepare me for what is likely to be the toughest ever challenge of my life.

Everest is my dream and I recognise that everyone has different goals, ambitions and needs.

As such I think that if I can raise some money for charity at the same time as attempting Everest then more people can share the Everest experience with me and I can perhaps improve their lives through any funds raised.

There are so many good charities out there helping various individuals in need. How do you select which charity to fund raise for?  I have concluded that I can not pick just one good charity to fund raise for. I have decided to fund raise, as much as I can, for 3 different charities.  The three charities that I have decided to fund raise for are:

Alzheimer’s Disease International

Assynt Mountain Rescue Team

Society for Radiological Protection’s Benevolent Fund

Please click on the above links to make a donation to the respective charities. There are personal reasons for selecting each of these worthy charities and I also believe that this range of charities selected reflect very different aspects of my life. I also hope that by selecting not one, but three, charities may increase the overall societal benefit from me pursuing a personal selfish goal as individuals approached for charitable donations may feel that one of these charities is more deserving than another and hence may wish to contribute more to a charity close to their heart. Here are my own personal reasons for fund raising for these charities:

1. Alzheimer’s Disease International

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.  There is no cure for the disease, which worsens as it progresses, and eventually leads to death.  In 2010, there were 36 million sufferers worldwide and Alzheimer’s is predicted to affect 1 in 79 people globally by 2050.

Because Alzheimer’s disease cannot be cured and is degenerative, the sufferer relies on others for assistance. The role of the main caregiver is often taken by the spouse or a close relative. Alzheimer’s disease is known for placing a great burden on caregivers; the pressures can be wide-ranging, involving social, psychological, physical, and economic elements of the caregiver’s life.

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) is the international federation of Alzheimer associations from around the world. ADI’s vision is an improved quality of life for people with dementia and their families throughout the world. ADI believes that the key to winning the fight against dementia lies in a unique combination of Global Solutions and local knowledge. As such, it works locally, by empowering Alzheimer associations to promote and offer care and support for people with dementia and their carers, while working globally to focus attention on dementia.

My fiancée, Sarah Smith, works for ADI and has shared with me information on the great work that they do both nationally and internationally. I have also seen the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on individuals and caregivers first hand and through my role in mountain rescue I have been involved in several call outs for people with dementia who have gone missing. As the global population ages and increases there are likely to be more people affected by dementia and it is important that suitable support is in place globally for the sufferers and their carers. Please help take action on dementia by donating generously to Friends of ADI – the UK charity that supports the work of ADI.

2. Assynt Mountain Rescue Team

I have been a member of the Assynt Mountain Rescue Team since December 1999. I have been on numerous callouts and been involved in trying to save lives. I am still a member of the Assynt Mountain Rescue team and have clocked up about 13 years of voluntary service. I joined the mountain rescue team because I like the values of mountain rescue – unpaid volunteers helping out those in need. I hope that if I am ever in need in the mountains then someone will give up some of their time to help me.

Mountain Rescue is a voluntary emergency service and needs financial support to fund training, replace valuable life saving equipment, run vehicles, etc. The Assynt Mountain Rescue Team covers one of the largest areas of any mountain rescue team in Scotland and there is such a low population density in the area that it is very hard to raise funds locally. I have been involved in supporting the Assynt Mountain Rescue Team for more than a third of my life, please give generously to support this team.

3. Society for Radiological Protection’s Benevolent Fund

My day job is Radiological Protection of workers, the public and the environment. As such I am a member of the professional body for this type of work which is the Society for Radiological Protection (SRP). The SRP have recently set up a Benevolent Fund to help out members of the society in need of assistance as a result of unforeseen circumstances. The Benevolent Fund is new and is being launched during the 50th anniversary of the society. As a new charity, it needs funds to be able to offer out assistance to my peers and colleagues if they fall on hard times and need assistance. Please give generously to be able to make a difference to the lives of people facing aversity and in need of short term support.

1 Comment

  1. jeannie may says:

    we are so proud of you

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