Like a lot of winter sports enthusiasts, Wilton & Bain’s co-founders, Jeremy Mobbs and Ben Latreuille, are planning to spend a bit of time on skis in the Alps at the end of next month. But theirs will be a ski trip with one very big difference. Because they won’t be going downhill, they’ll be going up. In fact, they’ll be climbing the vertical height of Everest in four days – on skis – to raise money for a new, ground-breaking £5m research centre into paediatric brain tumours.
Between the 27th Feb and 2nd March, Ben, Jeremy and their friend Nicholas Hall, JP Morgan’s head of UK equity capital markets, will be taking part in the gruelling Everest in the Alps challenge alongside six other teams. The event will see them ascend 8,848 metres and burn a daily average of 10,000 calories – the equivalent of running three back-to-back marathons.
Their motivation is simple. Between them, the three are fathers of nine young children, so doing something meaningful to help children with brain tumours and their families comes naturally. The Brain Tumour Charity has pledged £5m to the Everest Centre over five years. The last Everest in the Alps challenge in 2015 raised an incredible £3m, and it’s hoped that this year’s challenge will raise even more.
For Ben, Jeremy and Nicholas, Everest in the Alps will be a life changing event, and they hope that the money raised will be life changing for others.