The Everest in the Alps challenge was set up after Rob Ritchie’s son, Toby, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012. The first challenge raised over £3 million for The Brain Tumour Charity, which helped fund The Everest Centre, a groundbreaking research institute. For 2018, Everest in the Alps is even bigger.
This year seven teams took on the challenge, including Team Barclays, made up of Mark Lewellen, Co-Head of Global Debt Capital Markets and Risk Solutions, Thomas Flichy, Head of Capital Products & Advisory and Harry Koppel, Managing Director in SSAR DCM.
Mark, Thomas and Harry have previously run marathons and scaled mountains to raise money for charity in the past however none of them had embarked on an endurance challenge of this nature. The team hoped to raise £50,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity through the Everest in the Alps. In the end, their fundraising total came to £85,000, with matched funding by Barclays. The total raised by the entire event has reached over £700,000.
Training was intense, including practising ski-touring in the Alps, going for weekend and evening runs together and even working out at gyms in financial centres all over the world as they travel for work. The team also organised a kick off fundraising event in Canary Wharf that involved forty Barclays colleagues climbing the height of Everest on vertical climbing machines.