Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Walking with the Wounded - Launch of Everest Climb

Executive PA Club No 42 Announces London Launch of Everest Climb

‘Walking with the Wounded’

On Thursday 22nd March, 2012

18:30pm - 21:30pm

No 42, Berkeley Square, London W1J 5AW.

Members of No. 42, the club catering for the cream of the UK’s Executive PA’s, has joined forces with charity Walking With The Wounded to raise funds and give a fitting Londoners’ send-off to the wounded soldiers about to embark on their toughest challenge yet – a summit attempt of Mount Everest in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This will be the last official engagement for the soldiers before they leave for Nepal at the end of March.

The evening entitled “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, is a rare opportunity to meet real war heroes, to listen to their stories and allow some special Londoners to give them words of thanks and encouragement for their continuing commitment to helping and protecting others in the face of harrowing personal and physical challenges.

This London send-off was the idea of several key London-based PA’s, who used their membership of No 42, an exclusive club for personal and executive assistants working at the highest levels of business, the arts and politics, to arrange the event at their virtual headquarters, the Club Pasley Tyler, a grand Georgian townhouse in Berkeley Square. Number 42 combines the best of networking, events, career development and much more for this elite group. By day the members represent some of the most powerful companies in the world, by night they put their energy and resources into raising funds for the Walking With The Wounded charity.

Private Jaco Van Gass, Dr Francis Atkinson and Senior Sergeant Andy Hawkins have been in training for the last 8 months. They’ve been preparing and learning how to cope with their disabilities in adverse and treacherous conditions for their forthcoming climb, which has been described as ‘the toughest challenge in adventure exploration’.

Says No 42 Chairman Melanie Perry, also PA to John Hobson for The Disney Store Ltd, Europe, Middle East and Africa “We were inspired by these men who had been through so much and their determination, despite their disabilities. When you watch news reports you think you know what our Armed Forces are going through, but when we met the WWTW team I soon realised that there was so much more to understand”

HRH Prince Henry Wales (Prince Harry), Patron of Walking With The Wounded, says how proud he is to be patron of an expedition that is raising money to train and educate the injured servicemen and women “to manage their transition into civilian employment.” “They have given their all for our security, security is the very least, as a nation, we owe them.”

For further information on the ‘Londoner’s Send Off’ and No.42 Contact Jody Dunleavy (07786317644) or Chris Marchington (0778 378 9413) at omerli@omerlicohen.co.uk

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