Author of this blog and the bloke who came up with this daft idea in the first place, at my age, and in my physical condition, I should really be sat at home with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. Only, that’s not my style.
I’m a 47 year old husband to Lesley and father to two brilliant kids – Elise (18) and James (12).
I work for Chubb Insurance and love the role and company. Socially I’m pretty busy. First and foremost I’m the manager of the wonderful community choir Witchford Voices (www.witchfordvoices.com). The choir is like an extended family and I have made so many new friends, including fellow trekker Tim. Similarly, I am involved with Witchford Amateur Dramatics, another fabulous community organisation. Sports-wise, it is Norwich City all the way. Lesley, James, and I are all season ticket holders and thoroughly enjoy watching the Canaries.
Health-wise I’ve been unlucky. A badly broken leg was followed a few years later by a stint in Addenbrookes Hospital with diverticulitis, and then to cap it all a stroke. But eh, that is all in the past. Those events, and more crucially the brain haemorrhage and consequent recovery of my wife Lesley, have proved one thing – life is short, so live it.
So why Everest? Saying “because it’s there” sounds a bit cliched. But that is partially the answer. If you are going to go for a walk, make it a big one. I’m over-weight and unfit and am at a stage in life where, if I don’t put things right now, I’m going to suffer with health in later years. If you can’t get fit for Everest, what can you get fit for?
And then there is the good cause. Tim and I are looking to raise about £8000 for EACH – East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. This is where we need your support – please. Every step towards Everest Base Camp will be worth it if we achieve our target for the hospices.
If you would like to donate, please click here. Don’t forget that every donation will help, no matter how small.
You can find out more about the amazing work EACH is doing to help local children by visiting www.each.org. Thank you for your support!
When Keith first asked me to go on a jaunt with him I thought he said Ely to Mepal…I thought I could probably manage that and by the time I had signed up I realised I had misheard him and he had said Ely to Nepal!!
Now the boring bit…I’m a 56 year old plumbing and heating engineer working for a local company. I have been married to Jane for 31 years and have two grown-up children Kate and Ben. I enjoy playing golf and am a member of Witchford Voices which was where I first met Keith.
Although I will be the senior member of this dynamic duo my job keeps me reasonably fit but I am fully aware that I shall have to train very hard for the challenge ahead.
Now for the serious bit and the main reason for taking on this challenge. The charity I have chosen is Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge. I have chosen this because it is a local charity and know many people who have been helped by the services that they provide. My wife worked at Arthur Rank a few years ago and is now a local community nurse and has close contact with unit through her work..
Arthur Rank Hospice relies almost entirely on the generosity of the public to provide both symptom management and end of life care in the in-patient unit, and support and help to people with life limiting illness and their families in the community too. The Hospice also provides education and advice to GPs and other health care professionals in the Cambridgeshire area. Without donations the Hospice would be unable to continue to provide such an amazing service.