5 October 2015Mountain Warehouse announce winner of 2015 Charity Challenge
In June Mountain Warehouse, the UK’s largest outdoor retailer, launched their annual Charity Challenge competition and, after four months of incredible trials and challenges, carried out by 337 entrant’s right across the UK, the winner has been announced
The winner of the 2015 Charity Challenge competition in the public vote, winning a £10,000 donation for their chosen charity, is Alec Shillaker. Alec, age 34, from Nottingham, is attempting the biggest challenge of his life by trekking Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest mountain in the Southern and Western hemispheres. The trek is set to take place in November and will take 27 days, in temperatures as low as -30C.
Alec is undertaking his challenge to raise money for Meningitis Now; a UK charity which saves lives and rebuilds futures by funding research, raising awareness and providing support to those affected by meningitis. “My son, Finn, had pneumococcal meningitis when he was 9 months old. We were very lucky and we wanted to try and raise money to help others less fortunate.” says Alec.
This year Mountain Warehouse teamed up with bronze medallist and three-time Olympic gymnast, Beth Tweddle, who became the ambassador for the campaign. Now retired from competitive gymnastics, Beth still devotes a lot of time to her beloved sport, helping evolve and inspire younger generations across the country.
As well as winning a £10,000 donation to Meningitis Now, Alec has also won the opportunity of a lifetime to join Beth Tweddle on one of her bucket list challenges.
Alec comments, “I was hoping that Beth would have something on her bucket list that was also on mine and when I saw it I was really excited as she's got loads of really adventurous things on there. I thought that flying a helicopter together would be an amazing experience to treasure.”
Mark Neale, founder of Mountain Warehouse comments, “It’s been such a fantastic year for the Charity Challenge. Mountain Warehouse is dedicated to supporting charities across the country and we’re thrilled to have seen more interest this year than ever before”.