Damian Walters, Chief Executive of the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI), is attempting to raise £100,000 for The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, by scaling the icy precipices of Mount Everest later this year.
Damian’s journey to the summit of Everest starts in April when he travels from London to Kathmandu, Nepal. The expedition will then fly to the Himalayan village of Lukla, which is perched on the mountainside at just over 9,000ft. From there, Damian will pass up the foothills of the Himalayas, before arriving at Everest base camp at just over 17,000ft. He’ll then spend three to four weeks acclimatising to the high altitude by tackling local peaks, before the climb up the southeast ridge of the mountain.
An experienced member of the mountaineering community, Damian first attempted Everest in 2010 but was forced to abandon the climb at 27,500ft due to severe altitude sickness.
Damian said: “Going back is an absolute must as I see this personally as unfinished business. As a corporate liveryman of The Furniture Makers’ Company, I am a huge supporter of the crucial work that it performs in the areas of welfare and education in particular. The opportunity of raising money for the charity is more than enough reason to tackle the mountain again.”
Ben Burbidge, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, said: “We’ve all seen the film and heard stories about the perils of climbing Mount Everest, but when you hear of someone you know climbing it, the sheer magnitude of the challenge hits home. We’re deeply indebted to Damian for committing to raise such a substantial sum for the charity. Everyone at The Furniture Makers’ Company wishes him a safe trip there and back again.”
The Furniture Makers’ Company has prepared a number of opportunities for companies and individuals who would like to sponsor Damian’s ascent, including having a logo or name printed on the silk flag which he will secure to remain on top of the world forever.
For a full list of sponsorship opportunities, please contact Richard Ainsworth, fundraising manager at The Furniture Makers’ Company, on 020 7562 8527 or by emailing email@example.com