North East charities benefit from Everest challenge

Published:  06 July, 2010

DURHAM: Anne Ganley, managing director of Thompson Building Centres, took part in the challenge of a lifetime as part of a team which trekked to Everest base camp last month. Along with wanting to take on this personal trial, Ms Ganley was equally determined to raise money for some of the charities close to her heart.

Ms Ganley set herself a target of raising £10 000 but was staggered at the generosity of her supporters who sponsored her to the tune of almost £14 000.

Grace House Children’s Hospice, St Benedict’s Hospice in Sunderland and St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle, The Salvation Army and Wearside’s Brothers In Arms appeal each received a cheque for £2000, raised through sponsorship of Ms Ganley’s epic adventure.

“When I agreed to take part back in October I knew it meant a huge commitment but I was determined to do it,” said Ms Ganley, who self-funded every aspect of the trip to ensure that every penny raised went directly to the charities.

“Sometimes it was hard to fit in the training schedule with running the business on a day-to-day basis but having now been to Everest, I can honestly say it was the experience of a lifetime.

“There were days when it was really hard going, especially when I had two bouts of severe altitude sickness but I managed to bounce back and feel very privileged to have taken part in something which also allowed me to experience the culture and landscape of Everest.

“I’d also like to thank all my customers, suppliers, business colleagues, staff, friends and family who sponsored me and helped me reach my goal.”

The remaining money raised by Ms Ganley will be divided between two other charities; Show Racism the Red Card and CRASH, the construction industry’s own charity which supports the homeless.


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