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Climbing Higher For Charity

Posted 10 September 2010
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Climbing Higher: GO Outdoors staff member to climb Mont Blanc to raise money for local hospice. 

GO Outdoors staff member Jake Loynes has just a week left before his proposed charity climb up the Highest peak of the Alps, Mont Blanc in which he hopes to raise £4810 for a local hospice caring for his son, Ryan.

With the target set at £1 for each metre of the mountain’s height, Jake is keen to raise money for the local hospice of Martin House in Clifford near Wetherby to give something back. 

Jake’s son Ryan was diagnosed with Juvenile Batten Disease 4 years ago and now blind and deteriorating in health, the Loynes family have been increasingly dependent on their local children’s hospice, Martin House .

Martin House provides care for many children with terminal illness and Jake has found the staff and the treatment at Martin House second to none.

“They absolute angels here, not only how they treat Ryan, but the whole family.
They’re just wonderful and I feel so grateful to spend time here.”

The staff at Martin House explained that they do not often receive large donations despite it costing 4 million pounds per year to run the hospice.


 ‘”We run Martin house and get the four million by people like Jake raising it for us. That’s how we do it.”

The planned climbing route of 4810 metres will challenge Jake and his friends, but will be just the start of many mountain routes. Having recently set up a charity called Climbing Higher to donate to  charitable causes, with their next planned trip to Everest, every penny will help in the challenge to give valuable funds to this great cause.


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