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.”