Two Monarch pilots are swapping their views from the cockpit to climb two of the world’s highest mountains and raise money for Monarch Foundation charity partners Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and water aid charity Just a Drop.
Manchester based Senior First Officer David Hamlet recently returned from a 77km trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. The trip to Tanzania lasted ten days and helped David raise nearly £3,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
David juggled a gruelling training schedule around his pilot duties while preparing for the challenge of a lifetime. The trek followed the Ronagi route where David and the rest of the group experienced spectacular views of the peak and the magnificent ice fields. Thanks to great teamwork and determination, all 20 members of the team attempting the climb reached the summit at the same time, in itself a difficult feat. David said:
“I found the 19,500ft climb to the Uhuru Peak both mentally and physically challenging. People who know me understand how far out of my comfort zone this is but I was spurred on by knowing that every single step I took helped to change the lives of the children being treated at GOSH.
“The trip was amazing and by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I met some amazing people and raised a decent sum of money for a great cause. Thanks to everyone for all their support. If it wasn’t for all the support I have received I probably wouldn’t have made it to the top.”
The mountain climbing theme continues with Monarch Captain Paul Fox setting out in April to climb Everest, the most famous of the world’s mountain summits. Paul was on Everest in 2015 when the earthquakes hit Nepal and the mountain was closed, cutting short his trip. Nearly two years on Paul and the same team will be attempting their challenge for a second time. The team meet in Kathmandu, Nepal on 8th April to begin their climb. Paul will be raising money for Monarch Foundation charity partner, Just a Drop, an international water aid charity which provides clean, safe water to some of the poorest communities in over 30 countries worldwide.
Pauline Prow, Chair of The Monarch Foundation, said:
“We are immensely proud of both David and Paul for taking on such difficult challenges and for raising an incredible amount of money for our charity partners.
“Monarch employees are continually finding new ways of fundraising and climbing the world’s tallest mountains definitely reaches new heights! I would like to thank them for their support, which really makes a difference to the charities we work with.”