Graham Thomas, who heads up our Wealth Management Division, put together the challenge which is to climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and finally Snowdon in Wales, all within 24 hours on 8-9 September 2012. He is being joined on the adventure by Richard Kleiner, Deval Patel and Radley Jacobs.
The guys were all in agreement they wanted to try and obtain sponsorship towards a really worthy charity which, like many others, has limited funds and relies on the generosity of the community. One charity that came to mind was the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.
You may recall that Helen Rollason was a BBC sports TV presenter and commentator. Helen joined BBC Sport in 1990 to present Sport on Friday and was the first woman to anchor the BBC's flagship sport programme Grandstand. Between 1990 and 1996, she was a key member of the BBC team at the Barcelona Olympics, Atlanta Olympics and the Commonwealth Games in Canada. While maintaining a hectic sport broadcasting schedule, Helen also fronted the BBC1 children's programme Newsround for three years, before joining the Six O'clock News team, for which she presented a weekly sport news bulletin.
Sadly, Helen was diagnosed with cancer of the colon in August 1997 and later of the liver and lungs, yet she maintained a considerable workload throughout her illness. During her 50 sessions of chemotherapy and despite losing her hair and energy as a result of the treatment, she never missed a day at work. She was greatly admired by her colleagues and friends for the incredible tenacity she demonstrated and she never made a fuss over her illness, even joking about glowing from the chemotherapy - "I reckon I must affect every piece of electrical equipment I go past."
She never made a fuss over her illness, even joking about glowing from the chemotherapy
In 1997, she launched the Helen Rollason Cancer Care Appeal, trying to raise £5m for a new cancer wing at the North Middlesex Hospital where she received most of her treatment. Shortly before she died she was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours in recognition of her services to broadcasting and charity. Just before the final round of her two year fight with cancer, Helen said "When you get older, if ever you get cynical, look back and remember how people cared. I've seen how much my friends love me. I'm very lucky because most women don't know that in all their lives, do they?"
The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is the legacy of Helen Rollason MBE, who died of cancer aged 43. The charity funds three services: Cancer Support Centres helping those who live with cancer day to day, Clinical Drug Trails which has enabled more then 2,000 cancer patients to participate in pioneering clinical drug trials in the last 10 years and a Research Laboratory where researchers work in close collaboration with fellow scientists nationally and internationally. The aim of the research is to gain a greater understanding of breast cancer, potentially resulting in better treatment options for patients, better prognosis and higher survival rates.
The event marks a significant milestone for Radley Jacobs who sadly lost his mother to cancer in 1992, with September being the 20th anniversary of her passing away. Radley is keen to participate to remember his mum and by doing so, support a very worthy charity. Radley's mother coincidentally received cancer treatment at the North Middlesex Hospital.
The guys aren't particularly keen on heights but are sure the team spirit will keep them going - along with their determination to raise a lot of money to support people living with cancer.
They need your help
They were touched when they heard about the wonderful work this charity undertakes and through kind donations have already raised £7,000 towards the £15,000 target. They need your help however - if you would like to support this cause and help them towards their goal, then all donations would be gratefully received.
Donations can be made by either going to www.virginmoneygiving.com (search for Graham Thomas), or by sending a cheque, made payable to The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, to:
GE/Genesis 3 Peak Challenge Centre
240 Avenue West