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Mt Blanc For MS's fundraising page

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Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]Hi, thanks for visiting our page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p][div=font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px;][p][b][span=text-decoration: underline;]Ascent of Mt Blanc by Team Mt Blanc For MS[/span][/b][/p] [p] 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.[/p] [p]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 8[sup]th[/sup] 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.[/p] [p] The Team will travel to Geneva on 5[sup]th[/sup] 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 15[sup]th[/sup].  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.[/p] [p]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).[/p] [p]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.[/p] [p][/p][/div]

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Personal Challenge Date

11 Jun 2017


Nov 22, 2017

Stephen & Richard

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 17, 2017


Well done Mac

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 7, 2017

friends from Buckfast

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

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 24, 2017


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

£1500.00 plus £375.00 Gift Aid

Jul 19, 2017

The Gunmakers Company

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


Jul 14, 2017

Andrew s Mum

A friend donated this

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Jul 13, 2017

Stephen Vicky

Good Luck to all the team!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 10, 2017

Eileen Fenerty-Lyons

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

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 9, 2017

David and Rosemary

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


Jul 9, 2017

Peter Carolyn from Buckfast

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Andy Merry

Andy Merry