Having met several injured serving and former soldiers, Vesna Hargreaves and her husband Dan were inspired by their courage and mental fortitude; they have decided to take on a challenge which will enable them to raise funds to help Walking With The Wounded re-train and re-skill injured service personnel.
“I was so impressed with their courage in overcoming their injuries”, said Vesna, who works in an accountancy practice. She continued, “it was so humbling to meet them; we wanted to actively do something to raise funds to help those who have made huge sacrifices in the line of duty”.
The couple, who have walked recreationally in the Alps previously, will climb the imposing mountain and reach altitude of up to 15,781ft. Tackling the the imposing slopes of Mont Blanc will be a and hope to reach the summit on the 19th of July, raising upwards of £1,500 for Walking With The Wounded in the process. “We really want to do our bit to support these fantastic young men and women who have been badly injured”, said Dan.
The recent fatalities on Mont Blanc have certainly highlighted the huge challenge that faces them. Vesna commented that the avalanche which claimed nine lives was a “terrible tragedy” and that they were unnerved by the incident. They are under no illusions as to the need for proper advice and safety procedures: “we’ve consulted a professional guide who understands the mountain, the terrain and the region very well and we are obviously going to take the utmost guidance and care. But we’re dedicated to raising money for the charity, so it was an obvious decision to go ahead with our trek”.
Co-founder of Walking With The Wounded Edward Parker commented that Dan and Vesna “are a perfect example of people being inspired by what this charity has achieved so far. We are all about inspiring people to overcome challenges. For our wounded military community that may mean learning to walk again having lost a leg and for people like Dan and Vesna it’s about taking on a mountain to raise funds to help others - we are all very grateful to them. It’s great to hear of their ambition and I wish them every success”.
To support Dan and Vesna’s courageous fundraising trek click here. All donations go to help re-train and re-skill wounded service personnel and assist them in finding long-term civilian employment following their military service.