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The £100,000 challenge

DamianWaltersClimbing Mount Everest will be the centre of 2017’s fundraising for the Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity.

Damian Walters’s, chief executive of the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation, is attempting to raise £100,000 for the charity, by scaling of Mount Everest.
Walters’s journey to the summit of Everest starts in April when he travels from London to Kathmandu, Nepal. The expedition will then fly to the Himalayan village of Lukla, which is perched on the mountainside at just over 9,000ft. From there, he will pass up the foothills of the Himalayas, before arriving at Everest base camp at just over 17,000ft. He’ll then spend three to four weeks acclimatising to the high altitude by tackling local peaks, before the climb up the southeast ridge of the mountain to the 29.029ft summit.
‘The majority of expeditions to Everest last about 64 days but there is only a few days dedicated to the summit push. The rest of the time is spent preparing physically and mentally for this demanding challenge,’ he says.
An experienced member of the mountaineering community, Walters first attempted Everest in2010 but was forced to abandon the climb at 27,500ft due to severe altitude sickness. ‘Going back is an absolute must as I see this personally as unfinished business. As a corporate liveryman of The Furniture Makers’ Company, I am a huge supporter of the crucial work that it performs in the areas of welfare and education in particular. The opportunity of raising money for the charity is more than enough reason to tackle the mountain again.’
‘We’ve all seen the film and heard stories about the perils of climbing Mount Everest, but when you hear of someone you know climbing it, the sheer magnitude of the challenge hits home. We’re deeply indebted to Damian for committing to raise such a substantial sum for the charity. Everyone at The Furniture Makers’ Company wishes him a safe trip there and back again,’ says Ben Burbidge, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company.
The Furniture Makers’ Company is the British furnishing industry’s charity, which fosters and supports the industry by inspiring excellence, educating for the future and supporting those in need. It encourages the highest standards and best practice in the design, making, marketing and selling of all kinds of furniture and furnishings throughout the UK, recognising quality through the award of its Guild Marks. It supports students and young people with grants, training and mentoring in order to foster talent and safeguard the future of the industry. It provides support and assistance to those in need who are working or have worked in the UK furnishing industry.
The Furniture Makers’ Company has prepared a number of opportunities for companies and individuals who would like to sponsor Damian’s ascent, including having a logo or name printed on the silk flag which he will secure at the summit.