06 Apr 2011

Everest challenge is 'summit' worth sponsoring

When it comes to raising money for charity, Rob Scragg has a mountain to climb. Literally. That’s because in November Rob begins an epic trek to Mount Everest’s Base Camp to raise money for Cancer Research UK and ChildLine.

Sited 5,380 m (17,700 ft) above sea level on the south side of Everest in Nepal, reaching the Base Camp will be a fitting end to more than a year of planning and fundraising.

But this isn’t the first time Rob, an employee relations manager with BT, has taken on such a challenge. In 2009 he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for UNICEF.

“Because you can’t get Gift Aid on overseas sponsored events we decided to complete a lot of UK challenges in the run up to ‘Kili’,” said Rob.

That meant completing the 140 mile Coast2Coast cycle ride from Whitehaven in the Lake District to Tynemouth on the east coast. He was also sponsored for the National Three Peaks Challenge which involves climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours. He even stood in train stations collecting money for UNICEF. In all, his efforts paid off and he was able to donate £8,500 to the charity.

Inspired by this, Rob is doing it all again – this time heading to Everest’s Base Camp. And in the run up to his Himalayan trip he’s once again embarking on a string of events to raise money for Cancer Research UK and ChildLine.

“I’m doing Coast2Coast again and Three Peaks, but this time I want to get more family, friends and colleagues involved,” said Rob.

“I also want to get a bit more creative. That’s why we’re going for a sponsored Zumba fitness party. Oh, and I also want to try and do something that will get us in the Guinness Book of World Records,” he said.

He’s not quite sure what he will be able to do, but based on his energy, enthusiasm and willingness to help charities, Rob is clearly on his way to being a record breaker.

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