Bridport man appeals for charity climbers
A Bridport man who is climbing Scaffell Pike, the highest mountain in England, to raise much needed funds for a disabled children’s charity, is appealing to people from Dorset to join him on the assent.
Richard Quinn, aged 59, will climb the mountain on Saturday 28th September, 2019, and he’s already raised £500 for Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children.
Richard, who works as Bursar & Secretary at Danes Hill School, in Oxshott, Surrey, found out about the charity when he and three work colleagues took part in the Ride London 100 cycling event in 2018.
“The school took a number of charity places for the event from Caudwell Children,” explained Richard. “And when I looked into the charity I discovered that their vision, to create a world where all disabled children and their families have choice, opportunity and dignity, matched my beliefs.
“The charity provides disabled children with funding for specialist equipment, such as powered wheelchairs, adapted pushchairs and car seats, therapy tricycles, and a number of therapies and treatments for children with brain injuries and cancer.
“This is extremely close to my heart as my nephew Thomas, passed away after a courageous battle with teenage cancer when he was only 19, so I know exactly how important the charity’s services are.”
Richard says that there are a number of disabled children, and pupils with additional needs, at Danes Hill School and this has given him an understanding of the exceptional support that they need to thrive.
Richard, who claims to be naturally fit due to being a regular runner and cyclist, has been training for the event by climbing Snowden, the highest mountain in Wales, and Hay Stacks in Buttermere, Cumbria.
He’s used these climbs to fundraise for the charity and says that it’s been great preparation for Scafell Pike. As he enthused. “It’s put me in a fantastic place ahead of the climb but I must stress you don’t need to have done this to scale Scafell Pike.
“I was lucky enough to go to boarding school in the Lake District, so it’s my stopping ground, and I’m at my happiest standing on top of a mountain!
“However, I don’t want to take on this challenge on my own so I’m appealing for people to join me on what will be a fabulous day.”
Richard is looking for individuals, of all abilities, and says that climbers will enjoy some of the best views of Britain when they make it to the 3,209 foot peak.
On reaching the Cumbrian summit climbers will get the chance to relax and enjoy the stunning views that inspired such notable writers as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Baines and Wainwright.
On a clear day climbers can experience the panoramic views of Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
Vicky Glanville, from Caudwell Children, says the climb will give participants access to a unique environment. She said: “Whilst the challenge isn’t for the faint hearted it’s certainly an achievable climb with spectacular views that will be enjoyed by all. The mountain is a site of specific scientific interest and provides excellent habitat for a variety of rare plants and flora.
“Our professional guides will ensure that participants, of all abilities, will make it to the summit. They are perfectly experienced in gauging the needs of individual climbers and they will make it an enjoyable experience for all.”
Participants can register to climb as an individual or as part of a team through the charity’s website. Entry is just £39 and climbers are asked to raise a minimum of £50 as a fundraising target.
Money generated by the climb will help Caudwell Children to provide therapies, treatments, specialist equipment and short breaks to disabled children across the UK.
To register your place call Vicky Glanville on 01782 433755 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find out more about the Scafell Pike challenge here.