Sitting here typing this at just before 8:00 am on Monday morning it is hard to believe that it is already more than 2 days ago since Phil & I were heading off for our 3rd summit some 3 hours after we’d done likewise for our first.
But don’t worry this post will not deal in the detail of what happened to us in the hours that followed, anyone wishing to pain themselves with that can read a subsequent ‘Paul’s blog’ later in the week.
The Reach out for Nepal day seemed to have struck accord with many of you who like us cannot yet really envisage what it must be like in the remote valleys where the devastating earthquake has wreaked havoc. I am delighted to announce that through a combination of the day’s events the current total raised has passed through the £4,000 barrier, John & I will endeavour to confirm a more precise figure by the middle of this week so keep an eye out for that.
In the meantime some thank you’s are definitely needed, if I fail to mention anyone by name no offence is intended we & you know that you were either their, donated, helped & generally supported us & the cause (all four in many cases).
John Rowell for being the Right Hand Man with more responsibility than anyone else in bringing it all together, he looked as shattered as I was by the end of the evening (well I thought so at least).
Mike Lees for his fabulous work on the Auction (region of £1,500 on it’s own), his Nepalese Quiz, T. Shirts & general support.
Corin Hardcastle of Yolmo Connect for helping us find our specific cause (the Malamchi Gyang School in the Yolmo valley) as well as bringing the reality of when the Earthquake struck (Corin was in the School at the time) to the fore. Thanks too to Marg. for her help in publicising the event both before & on the day itself.
Gwenda & Linda of the Nepalese Children’s Trust charity for their support & exhibition on the day.
All those Individuals & Companies who donated items to our Charity Auction, more detailed list is available on the Reach out for Nepal Facebook page.
Gaby for her take on Dal Bhat which went down well with all proceeds going to the cause. Gaby, Dorina, Nick, Simona, Ady & Titi all deserve praise for a long day whilst you know who was missing!
Go below & Sara for their support on the day among other things.
Phil Roberts for agreeing to meet the Siabod Summit Challenge with me head on, we did the ten, just, I know I couldn’t have done it without him nor indeed our supporters on the hill (Sheena, Alwyn, Kean, Maggie (who had run the Foel Fras race earlier in the day) & all those who cheered us in & out of the Cafe throughout the day.
Finally to everyone who donated, bid or contributed to the fund, you rewarded our efforts brilliantly we are all rather tired but very, very thankful for your support in making the day everything that it was.