Argus editor prepares for charity climb to Everest Base Camp

l-r Steve Allen, Phil Frier and Michael Beard

l-r Steve Allen, Phil Frier and Michael Beard

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Argus editor Michael Beard is preparing for an epic charity climb to Everest Base Camp.

He will brave bone-chilling temperatures, debilitating altitude sickness and unparalleled levels of exhaustion in an attempt to raise £2,000 for the Argus Appeal.

Following months of gruelling training and tedious organising, the newspaper boss is now turning to you to help him over the line.

He said: “I’ve never done anything like it before but I wanted to do something that would challenge me and hopefully raise a lot of money.

“Over the years the Argus Appeal has donated tens of thousands to good causes and I’m appealing to our readers to donate whatever they can.

“Thanks to our sponsors, Legal and General, I can guarantee that every penny given will go to charity.”

Joining Michael on the epic trek will be Phil Frier, the former principal of City College , Clare Rogers, the manager of the Treatment Rooms Spa in Brighton, and Steve Allen, founder of Prime Care Community Services Limited.

The intrepid four will fly out to Nepal on November 15 before spending a couple of days acclimatising.

Then, with the help of local guides, they will set off into one of the most hostile environments on earth, enduring temperatures of minus 10c and sleeping in teahouses.

But with walking at heights of over 5,000 metres, their biggest problem is likely to be altitude sickness.

Commonly occurring above 2,400 metres, the symptoms range from nausea and severe headaches to hallucinations and a loss of consciousness.

Michael added: “It does worry me a bit, but you can’t train for it easily in this country.

“I’m in training at the moment and making the best use of the Downs.

“I’m trying to increase the distance each time but it’s certainly not going to be easy.

“To be put through that kind of discomfort, it’s got to be worth a few bob in sponsorship.”

He added: “Any money donated |will be gratefully received and I can ensure you that it will all go to good causes.”

To sponsor Michael on his epic challenges visit his fundraising webpage: http://www.justgiving.com/michaelbeardeditor

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9:23pm Mon 24 Sep 12

General Dreedle says...

Best wishes for the trip Michael. It is good to see senior newspaper people getting involved in good causes and leading by example, especially when some of your less scrupulous colleagues have brought the profession into disrepute recently. Good luck to you.
Best wishes for the trip Michael. It is good to see senior newspaper people getting involved in good causes and leading by example, especially when some of your less scrupulous colleagues have brought the profession into disrepute recently. Good luck to you. General Dreedle
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7:46am Tue 25 Sep 12

george smith says...

What moving from southhampton to Mt everest, actually why not do something useful like clean the beach rather than one of those indulgent once in a life time experiences
What moving from southhampton to Mt everest, actually why not do something useful like clean the beach rather than one of those indulgent once in a life time experiences george smith
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8:31am Tue 25 Sep 12

Goldenwight says...

Thanks to our sponsors, Legal and General, I can guarantee that every penny given will go to charity.”

Would it not be easier for Legal & General to simply donate the money directly to charitable causes and cut out the middle man? After all, sending 4 people to Nepal for a couple of weeks doesn't come cheap.

But then again, wouldn't really fill a few column inches would it? And "Large company makes small charitable donation" isn't much of a headline either.

That said, Good Luck on the trip everyone. Remember what your mums said and be sure to wrap up tight.
Thanks to our sponsors, Legal and General, I can guarantee that every penny given will go to charity.” Would it not be easier for Legal & General to simply donate the money directly to charitable causes and cut out the middle man? After all, sending 4 people to Nepal for a couple of weeks doesn't come cheap. But then again, wouldn't really fill a few column inches would it? And "Large company makes small charitable donation" isn't much of a headline either. That said, Good Luck on the trip everyone. Remember what your mums said and be sure to wrap up tight. Goldenwight
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10:00am Tue 25 Sep 12

NickBrt says...

Argus 'Editor'? What is there to edit? it's all freedom of information requests..... dead easy job he must have!
Argus 'Editor'? What is there to edit? it's all freedom of information requests..... dead easy job he must have! NickBrt
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12:12pm Tue 25 Sep 12

F in L says...

He already has a huge Mountain to climb, turning this... paper into a newspaper.
He already has a huge Mountain to climb, turning this... paper into a newspaper. F in L
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12:30pm Tue 25 Sep 12

kraftwerker says...

I think 'F in L' has summed this up perfectly.
I think 'F in L' has summed this up perfectly. kraftwerker
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