We're always in favour of people doing something interesting for charity – particularly if it involves discomfort and life-threatening danger, so hats off to to Nathan Hayes (Head of Infrastructure & Technology at Osborne Clarke) who in early July will be attempting to climb Mont Blanc in order to raise money for the charity Scope. If you could find your way to supporting Nathan's fund raising aims via his 'justgiving' website www.justgiving.com/natmontblanc he would very much appreciate it. All donations will go direct and in full to Scope. The endeavour is being ably supported by Mimecast, Phoenix Business Solutions, Portrayal and PureTech Marketing. Further details about the charity can be found at www.scope.org.uk
Nathan adds “Here is a bit more background on what I am doing and why… I did something similar last year, where I took part in the White Peaks Challenge www.scope.org.uk/adventures/whitepeaks.shtml and then for good measure, and just to make sure it was a real challenge, decided to climb an Alp the day after. The whole event was recorded in real-time using SportsDo at www.sportsdo.net/Public/ActivityBlog.aspx?user=nathanhayes With the summit of that Alp being 'just' 2000m high, a few people (well specifically Anthony Wells from Phoenix) did suggest it was not a 'proper' mountain which is in part why I am now going for the summit of Mont Blanc this year. Full details of the Mont Blanc Summit Challenge can be found at www.tallstories.co.uk/event_details.aspx?EID=75
“I've worked with people with Cerebral Palsy for some time now. Before I moved into Legal, I was involved with a charity that helped kids with cerebral palsy. This came about when a local lass was looking for help buying a speech system (similar, although much simpler, to that used by Prof. Stephen Hawkins) that cost £15k. The chairman of the previous company I worked for, Spandex (no, nothing to do with Latex), decided to help out and gave her the money to buy the machine. When we found out what £15k actually bought we were rather disappointed. As such he turned to his son and myself, who both worked in his IT team at the time, to see if we could come up with a more reasonably priced solution using standard technology. This we did and as a result he invested £1m of his own money in setting up the Spandex Foundation to provide these systems to whoever needed one.
“After a few years of working with the charity in my spare time I then moved to Osborne Clarke and what with a new family and the workload at OC, I could no longer really help out. That was over 10 years ago. A few years ago I decided that enough was enough and I wanted to get back into helping out again and came across an advert in a magazine advertising Scope Challenges as a way to raise money for the charity. Hence the reason why I decided to take part in the White Peaks Challenge last year.”