Climbing Mont Blanc was the challenge one islander took on to help raise money for the Pink Ladies.

It had long been a personal goal of Dan Edmunds, so the 30-year-old decided to climb the 4,810m summit for charity in September, raising £1,500 in the process.

‘Being a keen photographer, I thought it would be a brilliant experience to document the event. I just thought it would be fascinating.
‘But I can honestly say it was the hardest thing I have ever done, both physically and mentally. It took me 12 hours to reach the top but once I knew I had made it, it was the best feeling you could imagine and great to know that I had raised money for a worthy cause.’

Dan chose the breast cancer support charity because his mother, mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law have all suffered from the disease. ‘I have seen first-hand how it can affect people and what they have to go through – it’s a horrible thing to experience, so that’s why I knew I wanted to do something to help this charity in particular.’

Pink Ladies secretary Esme Bishop said: ‘It is not often that young men of Dan’s age get involved directly with fund-raising for the Pink Ladies, but his involvement serves to emphasise that this disease not only affects the women concerned, but can have a profound effect on their family and friends.

‘We thank Dan for the time and effort he has put into this amazing feat and wish him every success in any future endeavours he might undertake – wherever they might be.’

Guernsey Globe article 26/10/2011

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