World record climb was the equivalent of Mount Everest

120018_WCDI_MARKET_MAKERS_04/01/12''(bottom) Paul Thomas managing director Market Makers and (top) Henry Braithwaite operations manager Market Makers are WCDI T-shirt winners for their fundraising for charity. 'The team climbed the equivalent height of Mount Everset on an climbing wall. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (120018-884)

120018_WCDI_MARKET_MAKERS_04/01/12''(bottom) Paul Thomas managing director Market Makers and (top) Henry Braithwaite operations manager Market Makers are WCDI T-shirt winners for their fundraising for charity. 'The team climbed the equivalent height of Mount Everset on an climbing wall. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (120018-884)

Kevin Porter

‘I had to clear blood off the deck’ - a Falklands veteran’s memories

0
Have your say

The co-owners of a Portsmouth marketing agency have been awarded We Can Do It T-shirts this week after they were part of a world record.

Paul Thomas and Henry Braithwaite, who run Market Makers in North Harbour, Portsmouth, were among of a team of 12 from the company who took part in a wall climb at Calshot Activities Centre on December 17.

They managed to climb a collective distance equivalent to Mount Everest (8,848m or 29,029ft) in just nine hours - beating the previous Guinness World Record of 12 hours.

The group raised £3,000 from the climb, which has gone towards the company’s efforts to improve the lives of villagers in Cameroon.

Market Makers has joined up with the Schools for Africa charity to help fund a new three-classroom primary school, a nursery, a new water source for 5,000 people and a health clinic.

The estimated cost of the project is £48,000 - but the company has gone the extra mile because it has now raised a further £8,000 on top of that amount.

Henry, 29, said: ‘The whole company is very proud of what has been achieved. I had the opportunity to visit Cameroon in November and I watched the classrooms being built. It really hits home how much of a difference you make when you see it for yourself. The wall climb was tough, and there were injuries and plenty of cut hands. But it was definitely worth it.’

Back to the top of the page