A mountain to climb…

Uphill struggles are not uncommon in business or indeed everyday life; from time-to-time, we all encounter unexpected challenges that require our immediate attention and usually some support from others around us.  However, none can be more devastating and life-changing than finding out your child has cancer.  It’s for this reason that AGR has adopted CLIC Sargent as our chosen charity.

CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. They provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family.  From the moment of diagnosis, they are there and ready to help families cope. Their care teams provide day-to-day support for each child, young person and family, from information and guidance to clinical care and specialist play during treatment.

Having decided to support this most worthwhile cause, we thought what better way to kick off our fundraising efforts than to climb a mountain?  So, on the 4th October, we set out to bag a Munro, Ben Vorlich on the southern side of Loch Earn in Perthshire.  And just like a cancer diagnosis, we didn’t get to choose the perfect day to face the challenge; the weather was cold, wet and windy, making it tougher than any of us had envisaged.

The experience of taking on something we had never done before, in adverse conditions certainly highlighted the struggle faced by young people and their families when faced with tackling cancer.  During our climb to the summit, we encountered a few blind summits; just when you thought the end was in sight, another challenging climb would present itself until we finally reached the top.  Young cancer patients and their families face similar situations during treatment, but CLIC Sargent is there to assist them throughout the journey.

It was a challenge for the AGR team, but we stuck with it and exceed our goal to raise £1000.  Currently, the total raised in £1200 but there’s still time to contribute if you wish.  Simply visit our Just Giving page to make a donation.

 

Of course, a day out climbing a Munro doesn’t begin to compare to the challenge faced by the thousands of youngsters and their families supported by CLIC Sargent, but we found the whole exercise a useful and rewarding reminder of how fortunate we are to have our health and the support of organisations like CLIC Sargent if we do suddenly find we have a mountain to climb.