Sadie Harries is spending April climbing to the North Col of Everest to raise £50,000 for a youth mentoring charity, and is inviting companies and individuals to support the cause through donations and sponsorship.
Sadie started her first company at 24, and has since gone on to build and sell 3 companies. Her latest venture, Invensis Ltd, is a training and consultancy company that she started 2 years ago, and as part of its commitment to corporate social responsibility, organises each year a project to raise funds for charity, such as running an employability scheme for homeless people through the Salvation Army.
As a management trainer, Sadie is always encouraging people to achieve more and push past personal boundaries, and over the years she has practiced this attitude in her fundraising events, by undertaking activities like a bungee jump, a skydive, and most recently stand up comedy.
Upon returning from the trip, Sadie will be talking about her experience during a number of speaker slots and award ceremonies, so is hoping to raise awareness of the SMASH charity, and inspire young people to achieve more and push past self doubt and limiting personal circumstances.
About The Charity
SMASH, which stands for the Swindon Mentoring & Self-Help charity, provides a mentor for young people who haven’t been dealt the best hand in life, but want to change their lives and need support and guidance to do so.
During the past 13 years, over 400 SMASH mentors have listened, encouraged and supported more than a 1000 young people who are experiencing difficulties in life, often through no fault of their own, helping them achieve more from life. The young people come from a variety of backgrounds; for example many of them are victims of abuse or neglect, or have had to be a carer for family members and didn’t get the chance of a normal childhood. Or some are under the protection of social services, and some have made bad decisions in the absence of a role model, and now want to turn their life around.
Whatever the circumstances, the SMASH mentors volunteer to spend a couple of hours each week on a 1:1 basis to support and encourage the young people to take charge of their lives and aspire to achieve more. The presence of a positive role model that is a constant in their lives helps them get some perspective on their situation and identify goals that they want to achieve during the 12 month relationship.
SMASH is also supported by Bear Grylls, who has been a patron of the charity for several years. He states that “SMASH do an incredible job helping encourage disadvantaged young people to fulfill their dreams and potential. Love. Listen. Support. Those are the most important things we can all offer these kids.”
SMASH costs in excess of £100,000 to run each year, but has no secured funding. Each year they apply for various grants from organisations like the National Lottery, Children in Need and the European Social Fund, but to date the largest single donation they have had is £25,000, so the charity is hugely dependent upon fundraising and volunteers to keep it going from year to year.
Sadie’s SMASH Everest trip is aiming to fundraise a minimum of £50,000 to keep the charity going for another year, and if possible a further £50,000 to set up an employability skills program to help the young people improve their life and work skills and become more confident and independent.
About The Trip
In April 2013, Sadie will join an expedition party which will spend a month climbing to the North Col of Everest to mark the 60th anniversary of Tenzing and Hillary’s first ever ascent of the world’s largest mountain in 1953.
The trip will take Sadie up to over 7,000 metres, where temperatures will reach minus 20 degrees, winds will blow at over 40km per hour, oxygen will be only two thirds the normal level, and the terrain will cover slopes in excess of 30-40 degrees steep.
It will involve 14 nights camping and will cost more than £10,000 per person for the trip and equipment.
During the expedition, Sadie will be keeping a video diary to document the journey, challenges and successes during the trip, and will be using various edited versions in presentations and events to share her experiences with audiences around the country.
Team Bath – Bath University
Bath University have been a client of Sadie’s for the past 5 years, and on top of being ranked the 3rd best university in the UK in 2012, their sports department Team Bath was home to several Gold Medallists’ at the 2012 Olympics. They are keen to support the expedition, and will be communicating the journey progress updates to their students, athletes and members on their social media forums during the trip, as well as hosting a post expedition presentation dinner where Sadie’s video diary and experiences will be delivered to the sports population in the University.
If you would like to help by sponsoring or donating, visit the website www.SMASHeverest.co.uk which has been set up with information about the trip and links to Sadie’s Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and JustGiving pages. All sponsors also have links on this site.