Solihull staff virtually scale Mount Everest twice in aid of Acorns Children's Hospice - The Solihull Observer

Solihull staff virtually scale Mount Everest twice in aid of Acorns Children's Hospice

Solihull Editorial 17th Nov, 2020   0

INTREPID adventurers have scaled Mount Everest not once, but twice since the beginning of lockdown without the cold or altitude issues in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Staff at Solihull-based Phoebus Software Ltd (PSL) have been keeping busy since lockdown earlier this year and have raised more than £2,155 for the hospice which cares for sick children and their families.

The money raised will go towards supporting children with tailored care plans, including emergency and end of life care, short breaks, as well as emotional and practical support.

The event was organised by Acorns Hospice to climb the same height as Mount Everest.

Two employees took on the challenge and raised money for the charity by climbing stairs, cycling up hills and climbing Mount Snowdon.

David Breeze, QA lead at Phoebus Software, said, “I completed the task by climbing the Lickey Hills every night which was roughly 300m per evening over a 5 week period and two climbs up Mount Snowdon.”

The first Mount Everest challenge took David Marsden-Green 34 days to climb a total of 9455 metres.

He said: “The first climb, although physically challenging, was enjoyable as it was mostly done in summer conditions.

“The second was a different story. With the weather turning towards the end of September, it got much colder, wetter, darker earlier and the conditions became heavier and harder going.”

During the first national lockdown, 30 PSL staff members also raised money for Acorns Hospice by covering the 874 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

This was achieved through a mix of walking, running, and cycling and was completed in under ten days, so the team decided to carry on.

One employee decided to run 5k every day for the entire month.

At the end of the challenge, the total distance covered was the same as travelling from the UK to the North Pole.

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