Mont Blanc looms for Lancaster House Hotel Manager

Tim Bell practicing for his next charity challenge.
Tim Bell practicing for his next charity challenge.

At English Lakes we are always looking out for ways to have a positive impact on our local communities. We do this in a number of ways from policy and practice to voluntary support and raising funds for charity. We all try to do our bit, but one member of the Lancaster House always strives to take his fund raising to new heights!

Tim Bell, Lancaster House General Manager, is due to make his attempt to summit Mont Blanc between June 15 and 21. He is climbing the mountain to help raise money for local charity St John’s Hospice in Lancaster.

Lying on the France-Italy Border, and standing at 15,781ft, the notorious Alp, which is the highest peak in Western Europe, has often claimed around 100 lives each year.

While most people were wishing the long winter would end, Tim was revelling in the unseasonably cold weather these last few months, and was able to get a much more prolonged and ideal training period in the snowy, icy conditions on the Lakeland fells, and on trips to the Cairngorms in Scotland.

Tim Bell at the summit of Kilimanjaro for his 2011 challenge

Although Tim, has been higher when he climbed Kilimanjaro in 2011, the conditions of the Mont Blanc ascent are significantly more testing.

The terrain on the higher slopes are thick ice and snow so there is much more resistance against your body. It’s precariously slippy, the route often extremely narrow, the weather conditions un-predictable. The mountain boots are twice as heavy as normal trekking ones.

Tim flies out to Geneva on June 15th before transferring to Chamonix and meeting the rest of the six-man team for the climb. They start their ascent the following morning.

Tim is hoping to raise £1,500 for St John’s Hospice, a small charitable trust that provides 24/7 residential and day hospice care.

Tim was so impressed with the level of care given by St John’s when one of his close family members was terminally ill with cancer that he vowed to repay the enormous debt of gratitude.

People can donate via text by texting Mont73 and the amount (e.g. £5) to 70070. Alternatively, they can visit Tim’s Just Giving Page to donate online.

Mont Blanc's summit at 4,810 m above sea level
Mont Blanc’s summit at 4,810 m above sea level

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