It’s an exciting challenge

Ian Riggs in training in the Alps
Ian Riggs in training in the Alps
Harvey Young  (centre in Star Wars tshirt)

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CLIMBING on the world’s tallest mountain is something Ian Riggs had always wanted to do.

So when he was invited to take part in a trek to Mount Everest, it was an opportunity he grabbed with both hands.

The timing was apt – just a few weeks before he had mentioned his dream to his family.

Ian, 38, said: ‘I was having conversations with friends and family about life plans and I said one of the things I wanted to do was to go to Everest. Then it was announced that the company was putting a team together. It was something I always wanted to do. The timing was perfect.’

Financial adviser Ian Riggs will join 25 other colleagues at the St James’ Place wealth management group, in Fareham, who will fly to Kathmandu in Nepal in April.

They will trek over 120 miles of gruelling terrain to Everest base camp at a height of 17,500ft before climbing up to 18,500ft.

Team leader Roger Owen will go on to complete the ascent of the mountain.

They are bidding to raise £500,000 for the St James’s Place Foundation which helps hospices and children with special needs.

Ian, of Eastern Parade, in Portsmouth, added: ‘The adventure will be amazing.

‘It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

‘It’s a challenge, an exciting one, but I’m a little bit nervous. I don’t know what to expect. All I can do is get fit and healthy and hope that I’ll be all right.’

The team has trained in the Alps and the Lake District, in preparation. To sponsor Ian visit justgiving.com/IanRiggs-Everest2012.