Some may think it odd, crass even, for me to be promoting a fund-raising abseil for my Everest climb next year but there is method in the madness so please take the time to read on.
It’s with great emotion and a heavy heart that I write this post. 6 Sherpas from Himalayan Guides are amongst those lost on the mountain yesterday, including a vibrant young Temba who was an integral part of our climbing team on Manaslu last year and brother of our Head Sherpa Guide. These guys are friends and colleagues and words cannot express the sadness at the loss of all of these lives in such a tragic incident. However, in order to do something positive in support of the families who have lost a father, son, uncle, brother and main earner here is what I/we are doing.
My abseil was due to be promoted this weekend anyway with the funds being split between my climb and The DofE. I am now going to split the funds raised in 3 ways between the climb, The DofE and a fund to support the Himalayan Guides Sherpa families. As a company we, 360 Expeditions, already support this fund providing long term assistance for the Sherpa families with Himalayan Guides in Nepal. My aim is to add a significant amount of money to this fund through your support.
Please see the information on this abseil on 21st September in Portsmouth. There is a maximum of 40 places for this date and in the event of more than 40 wanting to take part we will put on an additional date.
If you cannot make the abseil but would like to donate anyway, please PM or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you details of how to make a donation. 360 Expeditions are currently putting together some information on their website as to how to donate separately which will go live shortly.
Thank you for reading this post. x