Back in October 2014, electrician and family man Christopher Hendrie sadly passed away after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Christopher was well respected and had been working for construction companies on the Crossrail project. At the time of his passing, Christopher was survived by his pregnant wife and two children. He was just 32-years-old.
As a result of this tragedy, members of the electrical industry – including my colleague Andy and I – will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in February 2017 to raise money for the Hendrie family. Our ambition is to raise literally as much money as possible, and I am personally seeking to raise £5,000 for Christopher’s family.
The trip is being organised by the Electrical Industries Charity, of which many of you will be familiar. Since its creation in 1905, the charity has worked to support those most in need within our industry. Among its many services, the charity has a confidential help line and offers financial assistance and advice on careers and debt. For its part, the ECA has provided support to the EIC for many years.
At 5895 metres high, Kilimanjaro is the tallest free standing mountain on earth. Over a week, we will cross forest, moorland and desert before reaching the summit, Uhuru Peak, on 10 February.
Climbing Africa’s largest mountain will be no easy task – it will be a massive personal challenge, both mentally and physically, to get fit and ready to tackle Kilimanjaro. The motivation of helping the young family of a fellow electrician will help me prepare for such an expedition.
To prepare for this, Andy and I intend to climb one mountain a month in the run up to the big one. Over the coming months, and during the climb itself, we will be updating the ECA on our progress and hope to encourage ECA members, partner organisations, and stakeholders to donate generously to help us reach our target.
To donate, or to read more, please visit my fundraising page
September – Mountain 1 – The Yorkshire “Three Peaks”
With the Yorkshire Dales virtually on our doorstep, we decided to tackle these mountains first. Although conditions stopped us from completing all three mountains, we climbed the highest two; Ingleborough at 723m and Whernside, the highest point in Yorkshire, at 736m.
During the ascent, we managed to ignore the beckoning pub and scaled a steep rock face. This was the hardest part of the day and excellent practice for Kilimanjaro, albeit without the altitude.
Although this was a relaxed start to a training regime that will become considerably harder as the mountains get higher and the weather gets colder, climbing 1500m in a day is a feat in its own right. We now move onwards and updates for next month’s climb. Watch this space for further updates!