11th November, 2009
An Aston University graduate is embarking on a lifetime ambition to conquer Mount Everest and is hoping to raise over £100,000 for charity in the process.
Engineering graduate Peter Sunnucks, plans to tackle the 29,029ft summit next May in aid of Help for Heroes and the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation.
The 27-year old has spent months building up for the challenge, climbing in the Alps, English Lakes and the Scottish Highlands. Accompanied by companion Matt Snooks, they plan to tackle the Southern hemisphere’s highest peak, 22,000ft Mount Aconcagua, Argentina in January 2010 in preparation for their Everest challenge.
With close friends serving in the Armed Forces and Matt having recently returned from Afghanistan himself where he served as a Royal Marine, the men have chosen two charities that hold huge personal significance. They have already secured sponsorship from SFL, Body in motion and Telec Solutions Ltd in their fundraising efforts.
Peter commented, “We are immensely proud of all of our extraordinarily brave service men and women and what they do every day in the line of duty. We are fully aware of the work that Help for Heroes is doing to support our wounded. John Thornton was a close friend of ours and the foundation set up in his name by his parents provides an incredible opportunity for the development of young people whilst helping to keep his legacy and values alive. We are both deeply passionate about these charities and we are working tirelessly to raise substantial funding for their causes.”
The Everest summit expedition will tackle the North Ridge of the mountain and is professionally led by Adventure Peaks, a Cumbrian mountaineering company. Mount Everest has been successfully climbed by over 200 British climbers, with just 85 of these completing the harder route of the North Ridge.
For more information on the climb and to make a donation please visit http://www.everestforheroes.co.uk/.
Notes to editors:
1. Help for Heroes was formed by Bryn and Emma Parry in 2007 and raises money to support badly wounded service men and women in their battle towards rehabilitation and rebuilding their lives. It provides practical and direct support to provide facilities which are beyond their means. For more information log onto http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/.
2. The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation (JTYAF) honours the life of Lt John ‘JT’ Thornton RM from Dorset who was tragically killed whilst serving with the Royal Marines, in Southern Afghanistan in March 2008. Setup by his parents, the Foundation was founded with one simple objective: to encourage and assist young people to climb as high as they can dream. The Foundation provides annual scholarships and bursaries for their training and personal development in pursuit of their ambitions. For more information log onto http://www.jtyaf.org/.
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