Famous mountaineer, Doug Scott, CBE will be at Hartpury next week in support of a student fundraising expedition.
Three of Hartpury’s A-level students - brothers Aiden and RJ Horwood and Doug’s son Euan – are also holding a series of events to raise funds for the Cavell Nurses Trust in the run-up to climbing Mount Cavell in Canada in August. The Trust supports medical staff and students who have fallen on hard times.
Doug will be at Hartpury to deliver a guest lecture entitled ‘A Crawl Down the Ogre’ from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday, February 12th. He will talk about his battle for survival after breaking both legs near the summit of the Ogre, accompanied by climbing partner Chris Bonington, who had broken his ribs, in the midst a fierce storm.
Best known for making the first ascent of the south-west face of Mount Everest on 24th September, 1975, Doug’s career includes over 30 expeditions to inner Asia and he is regarded as one of the world's leading high altitude and big wall climbers.
The lecture will be open to the public, as well as to staff and students. Tickets are still available priced at £15 or £10 for students and can be bought from the Hartpury online shop at www.hartpury.ac.uk/shop
There will also be a stall selling merchandise, including posters, books and badges, and an auction of signed prints from Edmund Hillary to raise funds for the Cavell Nurses Trust and Community Action Nepal.
The Trust was set up to commemorate the actions of Edith Cavell – a British nurse during the First World War who saved the lives of soldiers from both sides without distinction. However, in 1915, she was arrested for helping 200 allied soldiers to freedom and sentenced to death for treason, shot by a German firing squad.
The Hartpury students will be part of the Cavell 100, who will head to Canada in August to climb Mount Cavell and lay commemorative wreaths at the summit, marking 100 years since Edith was executed. The boys are organising funding the expedition themselves and will be sponsored for the climb.“
The Cavell Nurses Trust is a cause close to all our hearts as my dad is a patron of the charity and Aiden and RJ’s mum is a nurse,” said Euan.
“Dad was really keen to support our fundraising efforts and it will be fantastic for people in Gloucestershire to get the chance to hear more about some of the incredible expeditions he has been on and the challenges he has faced.
“Hopefully lots of people will support the talk so we can raise as much money as possible for two amazing charities. It’s also important to us that we raise awareness among our generation about the sacrifices that were made during the First World War and of the incredible work of Edith Cavell and the Cavell Nurses Trust.”
The dedicated trio have already held a charity cake sale and are now a fundraising bike ride from Norwich to Dover and then Calais to Belgium – covering the route that Edith Cavell would have taken at the outbreak of the war, when she was visiting her sick mother in the UK. She returned to Belgium as she felt she could do the greatest good there.
You can make a donation to the students’ fundraising efforts at https://www.justgiving.com/teams/Cavellers