Space & Time Media Tackle Ben Nevis and Raise £5000 for Cancer Research UK

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An intrepid team of 10 employees from Surrey based Space & Time Media advertising agency scaled the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis and in doing so raised £5000 for Cancer Research UK. The most positive member of the team Dan Bishop, 32, was sadly diagnosed with Cancer during the training period running up to the ascent so it gave everyone more impetous to achieve the feat and succeed.

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An intrepid team of 10 employees from Surrey based Space & Time Media advertising agency set off on 16th May this year to climb the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis. Their aim, to raise money for Cancer Research UK. This challenge was made all the more purposeful when one of the team members, Dan Bishop, was sadly diagnosed with Cancer during the training period leading up to the climb. Dan is a young man of 32 and has a very positive attitude towards his prognosis; so, with the support of his devoted family and team mates, he continued his training in between chemotherapy treatments and made the trip to Fort William in Scotland to complete the challenge.

Ben Nevis is 4,500 feet above sea level, which is exactly where the climb starts! Looking up from base camp, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the climb looks relatively straight-forward. This could not be further from the truth. Ben Nevis is a serious challenge. From tall steps carved out of fallen rock to wet, slippery scalping which makes for hard-going in damp conditions. Paths are occasionally intercepted by small, yet fast flowing streams as they head purposefully south. Having the right equipment is crucial in these ever changing climatic environments. The team were duly equipped with all the necessary safety gear and accompanied by an experienced mountain guide.

The weather on the day was absolutely disgraceful; sunny spells on the early slope were quickly dispelled and replaced by thick, cold cloud cover followed by icy rain and high winds! The challenge just got even more difficult and put extra pressure on the already exhausted climbing team. With visibility at almost zero, our guide, Gary, resorted to compass and map to show us the way forward through the last 300 metres of snow that represented the 'plateau' which leads directly to our goal, the summit of Ben Nevis.

At the top, celebrations were exuberant but short as the biting winds penetrated even our specialist clothing, making anything more than a few minutes standing still almost impossible! After what had taken nearly 4 hours to climb, the Space and Time Ben Nevis team started their decent. If one believed the climb up was tough, then the climb down was just as tough. Slippery ice, wet rocks and a relentless drizzle resulted in several falls by the team. Three hours later, and all were safely back at base camp recounting stories and tails of each endeavour. Exhausted and soaking wet, everyone heading back to Fort William to change and head-out for a well deserved beer or two!

The gruelling efforts of the S&TM team were supported by their friends, families, work colleagues and business associates and raised a fabulous total of £5000! for Cancer Research UK. This picture features four of the team members presenting the final cheque to a representative of the Dorking branch of the charity. From left to right, Dan Bishop, Lyn Main (Cancer Research UK), Nicki Thornley, Dave Geary and Peter Jones.

One of the team members, Nicki Thornley, has been inspired enough to now set her sights on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa in order to raise more money for Cancer Research. This is a 19,330ft climb and generally takes 5-6 days to complete. Nicki is no stranger to seriously challenging physical challenges - she has run the London Marathon twice and raised a total of £6,500 already for charity excluding the £5,000 for Ben Nevis. She is aiming to make the trip next year and is currently looking for a main sponsor to help with funding and equipment. If you or your company wants to be associated with this challenge and you are interested in finding out more about Nicki's plans, please email her at nicki(at)spaceandtime(dot)eu(dot)com.

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