A TEAM of IT technicians from Leicester are set to sale the UK’s tallest mountain this summer to raise £5,000 for a local mental health charity.
The team from Kazzoo IT Solutions set the climb to the top of Ben Nevis on August 28, with the aim of raising £5,000 for Lamp ((Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Project) and Menphys, a charity which provides services and activities that support disabled children and young people.
The 1,345 metre challenge follows the team’s successful summit of Scafell Pike last September, which saw 20 participants raise £3,700 for Menphys.
“This year’s attempt to reach the summit of Ben Nevis is a great way to bring much needed cash for Lamp and Menphys, but it is also meant to really challenge the participants,” said Chris Cain, director of Kazzoo IT Solutions (pictured).
“We were encouraged by the warmth, enthusiasm and support shown by those who took part in last year’s Scafell Pike challenge and with the attempt to scale Ben Nevis, while it may feel like an uphill battle, great things are achievable when we pull together.
“We are fundraising for Lamp because of the good work the charity does in mental health advocacy throughout Leicestershire,” he added.
“Thus year we’re aiming high and would love to get 20 to 30 people involved in the trek and raise at least £5,000 for the charities.
Mr Cain also hopes that the Ben Nevis trek will help to improve the mental health of the employees taking part, and help to shine a spotlight on the issue, which is becoming more prevalent in society.
“The trek also brings mental health into focus, where the physical activity, involvement with a larger community of people and reconnecting with nature, are just some of the ways in which we can care for our mental health and emotional wellbeing,” he said.
Lamp (Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Project) is an independent mental health charity. It was founded in 1989 and is a champion for mental health. The charity provides free community mental health advocacy for people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, as well as Carers Advocacy for people in these areas.
To find out more, visit: www.lampadvocacy.co.uk