Scottish mountaineer Jamie Andrew, who is a quadruple amputee and walks on prosthetic legs, will attempt to climb a mountain in the Pennine Alps in aid of the STV Appeal.
Jamie will set off on his incredible charity challenge on Sunday 24 August as part of a small team of three, with his story captured on camera for an STV programme later this autumn.
Jamie lost his hands and feet to frostbite in a climbing accident in the French Alps in 1999, ending in a helicopter rescue which made news headlines around the world.
Since his accident, Jamie has been active in swimming, running, skiing, paragliding and caving, but his greatest goal – and biggest challenge – has been his return to mountaineering.
In 2000 Jamie climbed Ben Nevis and the following year he returned to the French Alps to climb the Cosmiques Arete. Since then, Jamie has completed the London Marathon and climbed several mountains including the Kilimajaro and an attempt on Mont Blanc, where he was forced to turn back just 300m below the summit due to weather conditions.
Last year Jamie made an attempt to climb the Matterhorn but was forced to make the heart breaking decision to turn back only 250m from the summit. This Sunday, he returns to the Pennine Alps for another remarkable feat as he aims to climb one of the area’s major peaks while raising money for the STV Appeal.
Jamie said: “Having lost both my hands and both my feet, most people thought that it would be impossible for me to climb a mountain. Well, mountain climbing is incredibly challenging for me, but I hope to inspire people, kids especially, that even the biggest challenges can be tackled and that if you really set your mind to it nothing is impossible! I also hope to raise a great deal of money for the fantastic causes of the STV Appeal.”
Elizabeth Partyka of the STV Appeal said: “The challenge Jamie is setting himself is both astonishing and hugely inspirational, and we are so grateful that he has chosen to climb in support of the STV Appeal. I hope people across the country get behind Jamie’s adventure by making a donation to the Appeal, with every penny going directly to helping children living in poverty right here in Scotland.”
To back Jamie’s challenge, which will also be supported by The Hunter Foundation, and make a donation to the STV Appeal, visit www.justgiving.com/Jamie-Andrew1
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