David's Everest Challenge - Update!
(9 June 2021 12:00 am)
16,000ft climbed, 13,000ft to go…
David Adams, who is totally blind due to a genetic condition, is raising funds for three charities by climbing the height of Mt. Everest, 29,032 ft with his 4-year-old guide dog Jimbo.
After three months of trekking, David and his guide dog Jimbo have reached the halfway point in a bid to climb the height of Everest. They are raising funds for three important charities. Their total climb so far is 16,000 ft, more than the height of Mt. Blanc. Over the next few days, they should reach the height of Everest base camp at 17,598 ft.
People from all over the world have donated £3,500 so far, which will be split between Motor Neurone Disease Association, European Guide Dog Federation and Warwickshire Vision Support. David’s knees are holding up well and “Sherpa” Charlotte accompanies them to make sure they avoid any accidents. With two months to go, David aims to finish his challenge on August 8th, his 78th birthday.
Amy Kilpatrick of the Motor Neurone Disease Association said, “David’s son Simon died of MND ten years ago. So far, £565,434 has been raised in his memory. We are delighted to see David helping to push this total to Simon’s £1 million target to fund research into this terrible disease.”
European Guide Dog Federation supports over 30,000 people with guide or assistance dogs in Europe - EGDF.org
MND Association focuses on improving access to care, research and campaigning for those people living with or affected by MND in the UK. In the USA this is known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease - MNDAssocation
Warwickshire Vision Support (the trading name of Warwickshire Association for the Blind) was established in 1911 and supports over 20 thousand people who are blind or sight impaired in Warwickshire - WVS