Climbing for Charity

Chris Ryder, who is with the corporate partnerships department at Acorns Children’s Hospice, asks Birmingham Press Club members if they are up for a “Seven Summits” challenge.

Here’s a date for your diary – Monday, April 24. And if you’re feeling fit enough, why not join us at the Redpoint Climbing Centre at the Railway Yard, Midland Road, Worcester, WR5 1DS.

That’s when we’ll be asking teams of five people to take part in a “Climbathon,” organised with support from Baxter Williams, the Worcester-based recruitment consultancy, helping to raise funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Together, we’re going to attempt to climb 45,000 meters over 12 hours. That’s equivalent to scaling the seven highest summits in the world – Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kili, Elbrus, Vinson and Pumcak Jaya.

We’re asking each team to raise £500 comprised of a £20 per head entry price (which also includes an annual membership to Redpoint Climbing of £5.00) and sponsorship. Teams can be any size between five and eight people, and you will be allocated a one hour climbing slot upon a registration on a first come, first served basis. All participants must be 18 or over.

Acorns provides specialist palliative care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and support for their families.

The charity operates three hospices, including Acorns in Birmingham, Selly Oak, Acorns for the Three Counties in Worcester and Acorns in the Black Country, Walsall.

The hospices provide a home-from-home environment where children take part in a variety of fun and therapeutic activities, from arts and crafts sessions to hydrotherapy. Children visit Acorns for respite, short breaks, end of life and emergency care.

Press Club members have supported Acorns in the past by generously donating the proceeds from raffles at such events as the Midlands Media Awards. I do hope some of you will be able to join us on April 24 – from 9am until 9pm.

For more information or to register please contact Chris Ryder 01564 825 5029 or