Baldwins CEO embarks on Christmas trek to Everest Base Camp

We are so very proud of, and excited for our CEO, Richard Steer, who on the 13th December is embarking on a 14 day trek to reach Everest Base Camp. He is raising donations for The Royal British Legion – a charity close to his heart – and has set up a Just Giving Page, should you wish to make a donation for this very worthy cause.

Here are a few words from Richard, about why he is taking himself on this epic journey:

On 13th December I’m going completely out of my comfort zone with the most physically challenging endurance task I’ve ever attempted as I try to reach Everest Base Camp. This 14 day trek over the Christmas period will be unaided (no Sherpas, guides or group to rely on) with everything I need on my back. At nearly 18,000 feet the challenges ahead of me are fairly obvious (some of you may have seen the GB Olympic Champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton being helicoptered out of the camp after suffering acute altitude sickness). This coupled to the risks of avalanche, earthquake and the sheer cold from Nepal’s harsh winters make this something I’m genuinely concerned about.

Apart from the satisfaction of (hopefully) reaching base camp I’d like to take the opportunity to do some good for a very worthy cause. 100 years ago World War One ended and I’m sure you’ll have seen some of the recent moving tributes paid to the men, women and children who lost their lives during this conflict. The Royal British Legion was established 3 years after the end of WW1 to help meet the needs of those who fought to maintain the freedom we still value and fight for to this day. This charity has continued to provide support to those who fought for their country and even during these times of relative peace it’s an ongoing process to help our soldiers rehabilitate themselves from not only the physical scars but also the mental effects of war with PTSD and suicide running at the highest rates in society.

On a personal note My Grandad served in the Army for almost 30 years and his son, my Uncle Kenneth (my middle name in memory of him) was killed serving his country, tragically leaving behind his young wife and only child, a 6 week old baby boy (my cousin Glen). This year my Mum is 80 and she’s finally retiring after devoting 40 years of her life to the Legion, much of it served as Chair and Vice President of the Women’s Section. She received an MBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours List in recognition of her service and I would love to raise money to acknowledge her contribution to a charity that is very close to my heart.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I’d like to wish you a very merry Christmas and happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you and your families.


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