Fence fundraiser to climb Mount Everest in memory of father

First published in News

FUNDRAISER Gavin Roper has set off on his latest mission to raise money for the Alzheimers Society - tackling the world’s highest mountain.

Gavin, 36, from Fence, is to climb to the Everest Base Camp in memory of his dad, Bruce, who died in April 2011.

He has already raised £3,000 for the society, and for Nelson Manor Care Home, since his dad died.

He said: “I've done many things for charities but never for a charity that is so very personal to me.

“My dad would tell me to calm down as I was spending all my time either working, then arranging events to help charities. This is why I have picked Everest, as it would have brought a smile to my dad’s face.

Gavin said he had done other fundraising challenges in the past, most notably climbing 19,340ft up Kilimanjaro in Africa in five days.

He said: “I can recall climbing Kilimanjaro five years ago and my dad saying he wished he was coming. I remember him being so proud when I did it.

“I hope that by climbing Everest I will catch people's attention and encourage them to read my story and increase their awareness of dementia.

“I want people to learn about dementia, to understand more and be more aware and spot the signs earlier.”

Gavin will first fly into Kathmandu before the 10 day base camp trek.

He has created a website www.sponsorgav.org to detail his fundraising and will be carrying a banner saying ‘In memory of my dad’ up Everest, which has been made for him by Print4Less.

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3:50pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Chris P Bacon says...

What a misleading headline. He's NOT climbing Everest; that's impossible unless it is May or October so why that headline appeared now doesn't exactly inspire confidence in anything else in the paper. He's going to Everest Base Camp and hat's off and all that, but if someone was walking as far as the Pendle Inn in Barley, would the headline suggest they were climbing Pendle Hill?
What a misleading headline. He's NOT climbing Everest; that's impossible unless it is May or October so why that headline appeared now doesn't exactly inspire confidence in anything else in the paper. He's going to Everest Base Camp and hat's off and all that, but if someone was walking as far as the Pendle Inn in Barley, would the headline suggest they were climbing Pendle Hill? Chris P Bacon
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4:50pm Sun 30 Dec 12

stigofthedump says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
What a misleading headline. He's NOT climbing Everest; that's impossible unless it is May or October so why that headline appeared now doesn't exactly inspire confidence in anything else in the paper. He's going to Everest Base Camp and hat's off and all that, but if someone was walking as far as the Pendle Inn in Barley, would the headline suggest they were climbing Pendle Hill?
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: What a misleading headline. He's NOT climbing Everest; that's impossible unless it is May or October so why that headline appeared now doesn't exactly inspire confidence in anything else in the paper. He's going to Everest Base Camp and hat's off and all that, but if someone was walking as far as the Pendle Inn in Barley, would the headline suggest they were climbing Pendle Hill?[/p][/quote]Well said. stigofthedump
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9:40am Mon 31 Dec 12

happycyclist says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
What a misleading headline. He's NOT climbing Everest; that's impossible unless it is May or October so why that headline appeared now doesn't exactly inspire confidence in anything else in the paper. He's going to Everest Base Camp and hat's off and all that, but if someone was walking as far as the Pendle Inn in Barley, would the headline suggest they were climbing Pendle Hill?
Exactly what I thought. Poor reporting lets the LT down and discredits Mr Roper's efforts as well.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: What a misleading headline. He's NOT climbing Everest; that's impossible unless it is May or October so why that headline appeared now doesn't exactly inspire confidence in anything else in the paper. He's going to Everest Base Camp and hat's off and all that, but if someone was walking as far as the Pendle Inn in Barley, would the headline suggest they were climbing Pendle Hill?[/p][/quote]Exactly what I thought. Poor reporting lets the LT down and discredits Mr Roper's efforts as well. happycyclist
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9:41am Mon 31 Dec 12

happycyclist says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
What a misleading headline. He's NOT climbing Everest; that's impossible unless it is May or October so why that headline appeared now doesn't exactly inspire confidence in anything else in the paper. He's going to Everest Base Camp and hat's off and all that, but if someone was walking as far as the Pendle Inn in Barley, would the headline suggest they were climbing Pendle Hill?
Three criticisms and we're out. Watch how quick they disappear.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: What a misleading headline. He's NOT climbing Everest; that's impossible unless it is May or October so why that headline appeared now doesn't exactly inspire confidence in anything else in the paper. He's going to Everest Base Camp and hat's off and all that, but if someone was walking as far as the Pendle Inn in Barley, would the headline suggest they were climbing Pendle Hill?[/p][/quote]Three criticisms and we're out. Watch how quick they disappear. happycyclist
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2:36pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Whydidtheybanme? says...

I'm all for supporting charities, however there are far too many these days where you get the impression that you aren't just donating to charity, you're paying for someone to have the trip of a lifetime.

Looking at his website, Mr. Roper seems to be making a living out of this type of thing. I suspect that for every £1 donated, only a small proportion will find it's way to the charity.

If I've got it wrong, please let me know and I'll be the first to chuck a tenner his way.........
I'm all for supporting charities, however there are far too many these days where you get the impression that you aren't just donating to charity, you're paying for someone to have the trip of a lifetime. Looking at his website, Mr. Roper seems to be making a living out of this type of thing. I suspect that for every £1 donated, only a small proportion will find it's way to the charity. If I've got it wrong, please let me know and I'll be the first to chuck a tenner his way......... Whydidtheybanme?
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1:40am Tue 1 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

Whydidtheybanme? wrote:
I'm all for supporting charities, however there are far too many these days where you get the impression that you aren't just donating to charity, you're paying for someone to have the trip of a lifetime.

Looking at his website, Mr. Roper seems to be making a living out of this type of thing. I suspect that for every £1 donated, only a small proportion will find it's way to the charity.

If I've got it wrong, please let me know and I'll be the first to chuck a tenner his way.........
i think your totally correct Mr Roper talks sum utter CR** , what's the point reading about dementia that's not going to stop you getting it, nice holiday Mr Roper and if I did want to know about it I would read about it, I don't need you having a free holiday doing your hobby at other peoples expense, to raise the awareness.

Its all part of the great charity scam.
[quote][p][bold]Whydidtheybanme?[/bold] wrote: I'm all for supporting charities, however there are far too many these days where you get the impression that you aren't just donating to charity, you're paying for someone to have the trip of a lifetime. Looking at his website, Mr. Roper seems to be making a living out of this type of thing. I suspect that for every £1 donated, only a small proportion will find it's way to the charity. If I've got it wrong, please let me know and I'll be the first to chuck a tenner his way.........[/p][/quote]i think your totally correct Mr Roper talks sum utter CR** , what's the point reading about dementia that's not going to stop you getting it, nice holiday Mr Roper and if I did want to know about it I would read about it, I don't need you having a free holiday doing your hobby at other peoples expense, to raise the awareness. Its all part of the great charity scam. 2 for 5p
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3:49pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Trekalot says...

Sadly the "charity challenge" industry is bringing charitable efforts like this into disrepute. People should be foreced to make clear exacltly how much of sponsors money is going to pay for their holiday.

I trekked to Everest with a company called Private Expeditions- see www.privateexpeditio
ns.co , who do tailor made treks. I paid for the trek myself and all the money from the people who supported me went to charity which is how it should be!!!
Sadly the "charity challenge" industry is bringing charitable efforts like this into disrepute. People should be foreced to make clear exacltly how much of sponsors money is going to pay for their holiday. I trekked to Everest with a company called Private Expeditions- see www.privateexpeditio ns.co , who do tailor made treks. I paid for the trek myself and all the money from the people who supported me went to charity which is how it should be!!! Trekalot
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3:50pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Trekalot says...

Sadly the "charity challenge" industry is bringing charitable efforts like this into disrepute. People should be foreced to make clear exacltly how much of sponsors money is going to pay for their holiday.

I trekked to Everest with a company called Private Expeditions- see www.privateexpeditio
ns.co , who do tailor made treks. I paid for the trek myself and all the money from the people who supported me went to charity which is how it should be!!!
Sadly the "charity challenge" industry is bringing charitable efforts like this into disrepute. People should be foreced to make clear exacltly how much of sponsors money is going to pay for their holiday. I trekked to Everest with a company called Private Expeditions- see www.privateexpeditio ns.co , who do tailor made treks. I paid for the trek myself and all the money from the people who supported me went to charity which is how it should be!!! Trekalot
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