Just before Christmas, Immediate Past Captain of the CILT Golf Society, Gus Whyte (Key Account Director at Hoppecke Industrial Batteries Ltd), took part in the 2019 ‘Climb of Life’ to raise money in support of the Institute of Cancer Research.
On the day a team of 112 volunteers split into separate groups to take on several well-known Lake District hills including: Wansfell Round; Side Pike and Lingmoor; Place Fell; Bowfell; High Street; Helm Crag to High Raise; Langdale Pikes; Great Gable; Crinkle Crags; and Blencathra with Sharp Edge.
‘Climb of Life’ has been raising monies for the Institute of Cancer Research for the last 13 years and, for 19 years before that, Children in Need. It has raised a staggering £1.1 million for ICR and a total of £1.7 million for all the charities it has supported since it started in 1988.
The event has a different signature challenge each year and this year’s was to target 2 million steps. Each group took a pedometer to record the group’s steps then added all the steps together at the end. The team smashed the target by achieving a fantastic 2,760,008 steps. 8 steps were from one individual who couldn’t get his pedometer to work properly!
Accompanied by his wife Liz, Gus’s contribution was the handy sum of £2,247.00 towards an amazing total for the event of £104,315.00

Gus proudly wears his kilt

As an angle to gain support, Gus’s personal challenge was to complete the climb wearing his kilt. He was very glad that this year the weather was kind and, although it was cold, it was very bright, which allowed fantastic views from the hilltops and did not result in excessively cold legs.

Professor Paul Workman, the ICR CEO and President, and Chief Operating Officer Charmaine Griffiths, were also trekking with the group. After the event Paul addressed the team with some words of thanks and encouragement. “It is fantastic to see the ‘Climb of Life’ supporters’ hard work pay off with the amazing achievement of reaching £1.1 million raised for the ICR and our pioneering cancer research. It was a pleasure to join the group for the fourth year running with my wife, Liz. The atmosphere is always amazing and hugely inspiring.” “The money raised continues to make a huge difference at the ICR as we work to achieve our mission of making the discoveries that defeat cancer. This support is especially important if we are to overcome our greatest challenge – the ability of cancers to adapt, evolve and become resistant to treatment. On behalf of the whole of the ICR, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved.”

Next year’s event is planned for Friday 6th November 2020 and will be based again at the Swan Hotel in Grasmere. Anyone wishing to be involved or support the ICR ‘Climb of Life’ can get in touch with Gus at guswhyte@hoppecke.co.uk
Gus would like to thank all the members from the CILT Golf Society and from golf day guests of CILT members who supported his personal appeal and assisted greatly in achieving this fantastic sum to support the ICR.