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MS Trust
The Multiple Sclerosis Trust works with and for the 100,000 people in the UK with multiple sclerosis. Our vision is to enable people with MS to live their lives to the full. The MS Trust provides information that is tailored to what people want to know; education for health professionals about what people with multiple sclerosis need; research into better management of MS and support for anyone affected by MS.
The Royal Marines Charity
Royal Marines have always been the first to understand, first to adapt and respond and the first to overcome, that’s the Commando Mindset but today Royal Marines and their families are fighting battles they cannot win alone. The Commando Mindset isn’t always enough, with your help the Royal Marines Family will win their battles. We are the Royal Marines’ own Charity and are uniquely placed to understand, respond and react, enabling Royal Marines and their families to overcome their challenges including life changing injury, life limiting illness, mental disability, transition to civilian life and even poverty.

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Mt Blanc For MS's fundraising page

Fundraisers: 
Andy Merry

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/MtBlancForMS

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Ascent of Mt Blanc by Team Mt Blanc For MS

 In early June 2017, a team of six men will attempt to climb Mt Blanc, France, in order to raise at least £60000 for two charities; The Royal Marines Charity and the MS Trust.  It is the intention to split the money raised 70/30 in favour of the MS Trust.

Mont Blanc meaning “White Mountain”, is the highest mountain in the Alps and the highest in Europe after the Caucasus peaks.  It rises 4,808.73 m (15,777 ft) above sea level.  The first recorded ascent of Mont Blanc was on 8th August 1786 and nowadays the summit is reached by an average of 20,000 climbers each year.  Each year climbing deaths occur on Mont Blanc, and on the busiest weekends, normally around August, the local rescue service performs an average of 12 missions, mostly in aid of people in trouble on one of the normal routes up the mountain.  Some routes require knowledge of high-altitude mountaineering, a guide (or at least an experienced mountaineer), and require proper equipment.  All routes are long and arduous, involving delicate passages.  At least one night at a high mountain refuge is required to help acclimatise to the altitude.

 The Team will travel to Geneva on 5th June 2017 arriving in Chamonix later that day.  We will then have a ten-day window during which we will complete our challenge, flying home on the 15th.  It is our intention to spend at least two days sorting out our kit and equipment and conduct any final planning and rehearsals that may be required before making the attempt.  The exact route we will take is yet to be decided and will depend on the abilities of Andy Merry and Mac McCullough, the two MS sufferers.  Before we arrive in Chamonix, we will have climbed Slieve Donard, Skafell Pike, Mount Snowdon and Ben Nevis, partly as a training tool but also to assess our capabilities and the impact our MS will have on them.

We are under no illusion that this is going to be a massive undertaking, particularly for the two MS sufferers who have mobility problems.  80 to 100 rescue interventions are made each year; sometimes several per day, and 80% of these are due to exhaustion as a result of poor physical preparation and/or lack of acclimatisation and the ever-present dangers from altitude sickness.  Natural dangers such as avalanches, falling seracs, rock falls, storms and poor visibility are also hazards to be considered and contribute to a number of deaths each year (13 in 2012).

Apart from reaching the summit of Mont Blanc, the aim of our expedition, and something that is very important to both Andy and Mac, is to show other MS sufferers that no matter what their difficulties, abilities or aspirations, they can always push themselves harder and further than they thought possible.  It doesn’t have to be Mont Blanc or even a mountain, but what ever your mountain is, take it on, tackle it, climb it and overcome it.  To achieve this aim we intend to use the four elements of the Commando Spirit; courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness in the face of adversity.  Things we have all lived by during our service in the Royal Marines.

Recent donors

17.08.17 Well done Mac

07.08.17 From friends of Andrew's mum, well done on your wonderful efforts, you are a very brave man.

24.07.17 From WO1 (RSM) Rick Angove RM and all the members of the Sgt's Mess and Officer's Mess, 40 Commando Royal Marines

19.07.17 Andy, congratulations to you and your team mates on what you have achieved. Hope you reach your target!

14.07.17 A friend donated this

13.07.17 Good Luck to all the team!

10.07.17 As if a lifetime of public service weren't enough you manage to do this fantastic achievement for two really important causes.

09.07.17 Well done to Mack, Andy and the rest of the team

09.07.17

05.07.17 Andy, very well done on your efforts mate. I hope you reach your target. All the very best Craig

04.07.17 Great effort by Mac and the whole Team

04.07.17 Good effort by Mac and the Team

04.07.17 Well done to all the team.

04.07.17 Well done to Mac and the Team.

03.07.17 Andy- what a fantastic achievement.Truely inspirational and an example of what physical difficulties one can overcome with the right mind-frame and attitude. Bravo.

01.07.17 I've been meaning to sponsor you for ages! Huge well done! Hope you had an amazing time!!

24.06.17

21.06.17 Full of admiration for you, Andy Merry...

20.06.17 Good drills Royal.

19.06.17 Dear Phil, Best wishes for a successful adventure. Wishing you and the Team all the very best of luck.

16.06.17 great achievement to mac and the lads be proud

16.06.17 More sewing ladies have given me money for you

16.06.17 More friends have donated money for you. Love Mum

15.06.17 Hi Andy, didn't realise any of this was going on when I saw you at the tower only a couple of weeks ago. Inspirational.

14.06.17

£40,177.92

Running total

Target:
£60,000.00
Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£43,691.31
Total donors:
372
Last donor:
Mandy
17.08.17  
Offline fundraising:
£14,683.00
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