World Record Attempt for We Hear You!
On Sunday 2nd of July a team of 10 from Somerset will attempt to break the world record for the furthest distance climbed on a 10m fire ladder in 8 hours. This record currently stands at 42,290m or 4 1/2 times the height of Everest!
Rachel Clark and her team will be climbing the ladder on a purpose built scaffolding tower outside Frome library during the Independent market on July 2nd from 8.30am until 4.30pm.
The challenge was set up to raise valuable funds for two local causes, We Hear You (WHY)and Jamie Mines, a friend of the team, who suffered life changing amputations following an accident at work last year.
Rachel, along with her brothers Daniel and Matthew raise money each year in memory of their Mum who died in 2011 from leukaemia. On or around the anniversary of their Mums death they like to give back and raise funds. Previous challenges have included a non stop cycle from Frome to Lands End in 21 hours and last year the team pulled a fire engine for 5km through the streets of Frome. Over the years they have raised in excess of £12,000.
Rachel said, "This will be, by far, our toughest challenge yet. We've been training for nearly two months to be fully prepared for this ultimate endurance test!"
Gemma Wilkes, Fundraising and Communications Manager from WHY said “Rachel’s family and friends have taken on some incredible challenges over the years but this is phenomenal. They have worked tirelessly to organise the challenge and ensure their fitness levels are at their peak. We really appreciate the support and commitment they show each year to WHY and we are exceptionally proud and grateful to be involved in this World Record Attempt. This is going to be a fantastic day and we would love for the local community to come out and show their support for the team.’
The team would value any support you can give on the day from donations to a cheer when climbing as this will spur them on through a gruelling 8 hours.
If you would like to donate to the teams online giving page please click here.