Our team members at Sigma can never be accused of taking a back seat when it comes to fundraising, but Marty Nardelli and Tiffany Chevis have really set the bar high.
Marty, who works as development manager in our London office, showed his support for Joni’s Army by climbing Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe. He completed the 5,642-metre climb in just seven days, raising funds for the charity which has been set up to provide children and young people with equipment and medical goods not covered under the NHS.
Marty said: “I plan to climb the highest mountains across all seven continents (Mount Elbrus, Mount Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Denali, Mount Everest, Vinson Massif and Carstensz Pyramid) to raise money for great causes.
“Mount Elbrus is just the start, being the highest mountain in Europe, located just outside Moscow in a town call Terskol. I embarked on this expedition on the 10th July (my birthday!) and it’s was an unguided expedition, meaning no professional guides taking us to the top.
The challenge wasn’t one to be taken lightly, given the altitude, with many crevasses in the surrounding vicinity claiming up to 36 lives per annum. The weather is probably the biggest challenge as it hits -20 degrees and can go from bright sunshine, to white out blizzards within an hour.”
Not only is this a serious challenge, but Marty suffered from three blood clots on his brain when he was younger, meaning he’s at even more risk than the average person. To donate to this very worthy cause, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/7-summits
Meanwhile, Tiffany Chevis in our marketing team has been busy, swimming in Windermere Lake for charity, Mind.
Speaking about her achievement, she said: “The weather was very much against us, and there was a moment when the organisers thought they may have to cancel the event. However, thankfully the swim went ahead, albeit with a shortened course as the currents were too strong. So it was a cold, windy and choppy 900-metre circuit in the end. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic event, and I swam a great pace which ironically would have been my fastest mile.
“I want to thank everyone for their support in hitting nearly £400 for Mind. It was a challenging few months running up to the day, but in the end, I came out of the water with a massive grin and I’m already looking to book the next race.”