Fund Raising So Far
A massive thank you to everyone who has donated so far.
There are two aspects to this and the first part which was suggested at the start - Corporate Sponsorship - has been an outstanding success. This is where companies have been approached (or approached me directly) and offered the opportunity to have their branding worn and a banner 'planted' on Everest and photographed. Unique, one off shirts will also be worn during the expedition and once again photographed on the journey allowing the sponsor to use this for marketing purposes. The target was £3,000.00 which has been exceeded by £300.00. Additional Corporate sponsors are welcome (Limited) due to the additional equipment I have to carry.
The second part relies solely on the generosity of the public in filling out Gift Aid sponsor forms, filling charitable collection tins and making direct donations via Just Giving. This is in its complete infancy and is beginning to move forward. It doesnt matter if it's £5 / £10 / £20 or £100 it is all extremelly welcome. Currently the Just Giving donations amount to just over £3681.00 however there are numerous pledges etc that amount to considerably more but I can only show what has actually already come in through Just Giving. (Total includes Gift Aid)
You might ask why am I using bottled Scottish Water bottles to fill my rucksack, and Scottish Water personnel to oversee the filling and weigh in...... simple, my day time work revolves around everything Scottish Water and the gentlemen I have asked for assistance from I deal with on a daily basis. Pictured bottom left is myself with Gordon Smith (left) Leakage Supervisor for Ayrshire and Mark Templeton (right) Head of Leakage for Ayrshire.
To try and give everyone an update as to how we are getting on with the fundraising, the thermometer on the right has been created. This shows the target total and how far we have already come. We need to get the Just Giving donations a lot higher as this allows the charities to claim back the additional Gift Aid (25p in the pound) from HMRC.
Totals are very approximate (apart from the actual figure) as there are a number of ongoing collections, individual pledges etc yet to be added after the event so please get Just Giving !!!
Any additional corporate sponsorship will be extremelly welcome so if you would like your company name photographed amongst some of the most stunning scenery in the world, let me know. I can promise some breathtaking photographs of the Himalayan scenery and wildlife, however the photograph of a Yeti might be a bit more elusive.
Mt Everest Images Copyright: Sir Chris Bonington.
The majority of the worlds population can only ever dream about what it must feel like to stand on top of the worlds highest mountain, and at the same time not realise just how much preparation, organisation and physical and mental energy it takes to get there, and, in an environment with depleted levels of oxygen and sub zero temperatures. My trek to base camp is not about personal goals, it is about raising funds for two fantastic charities and at the same time it is also about respecting the men and women who have not only been there before but have achieved the ultimate goal in reaching the summit. It is also about paying my respects to the people who have made the ultimate sacrifice while trying to achieve their goal. Looking back over the years I can only admire how Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing managed to reach the summit when you compare the equipment and clothing they had then, to what is now readily available. I owe a debt of thanks to Sir Chris Bonington for allowing me to use a handful of his images to showcase a journey I am about to make.
To climb to nearly 20,000 feet I would have said " I can't do it", but even if I have to crawl........ For the Leanne Fund and St Abbs Independent Lifeboat I will achieve it.
Most of the climbers and trekkers in the world long to work their way to Everest Base Camp at least once in lifetime. The Everest Base Camp Trek has been exceptionally popular for climbers and trekkers since the very first successful expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in 1953 (May 29th) by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary. The area is famous for its stunning mountain peaks and the welcoming and friendliness of local people. The region is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. While many of the routes through the mountains are challenging, there are ample places to rest and let your body get used to the elevation.Donate via Just Giving