Danny & friends spent Christmas trekking up Aconcagua – They raised almost four thousand pounds for our guests – here’s…..
The Final Story
After arriving in Mendoza we quickly set-off for a three day hike down the valley to the bottom of the mountain to set up Basecamp at Plaza Argentina. Establishing Basecamp on day three as scheduled, everything was going to plan and everyone was generally in good spirits. The plan was for a rest day at Basecamp followed by trekking up to stock camp 1 with food. Worryingly, we lost our expedition leader for a few days to a medical at this point, however our mountain guide kept us on track.
Christmas day arrived and things started to change, a weather front was closing in, so our plan changed. To get to summit camp before the weather, we needed to skip rest and acclimatisation days to move camps in a single push.
This meant carrying everything we needed in single lifts (around 25 to 30kg) up-to 700 vertical metres per day, this was exhausting work taking us around 7 hours per day.
But, 5 days ahead of schedule we made summit camp. After a few hours rest we set off for the summit. Unfortunately after such a quick ascent, combined with the workload, exhaustion and altitude got the better of us. Staggering around unable to find balance or oxygen we turned back at around 6,500m, less than 500 vertical metres from our goal. This was the right decision, to go the remaining 500m would have taken us around 6hours and put us all in un-necessary danger.
So we returned to summit camp to get a few hours rest before descending through the other altitude camps back to Basecamp, all disappointed but safe. It was certainly the toughest experience of my life but an amazing adventure which I will never forget !
Thanks so much for your support with this adventure, and I truly hope that the money raised helps enormously.
Grey Design London have produced a set of 10 Limited Edition prints for Shelter from the Storm.
Timed perfectly for Christmas, owning one shows both a generous heart and impeccable taste.
What better way to donate £45 to SFTS?
These make a great gift for someone you know, and an even better gift for someone you don’t.
Each beautiful poster costs £45.
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Or by bank transfer to sfts 20-74-09 60263249
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Forget Mad Max, we’ve got Mad Mike:
Michael Mercer, great friend of SFTS, has recently become a Guinness World Record holder, all in aid of the shelter. Against all better judgement, he accepted the challenge to complete the London Marathon (all 26.2miles!) wearing a sleeping bag. We’re very proud of him completing the course in 4 hours 20 minutes and raising over two thousand pounds. If anyone else would like to do something equally daredevil, please contact us at SFTS Record Breakers HQ
Our Hackney Half Marathon Superstars. Team SFTS SMASHED IT this year and raised over eight thousand pounds. We counted them out and we counted them all back in. Lots of sore knees but no serious injuries – phew! Magnificent effort guys!
We are pleased to announce that Ayrton Bespoke, London’s leading timber sash window and door replacement company, is donating £100 for every order this winter. Tell your friends to spread the word.
Meet Ajoke, one of our former guests. When Ajoke joined us, she had been rescued from sex trafficking. We provided a safe, caring environment in which to sleep and, as our guest, we supported her through her pregnancy and secured legal representation for her, which enabled her to gain leave to remain. She recently moved into her own flat but visits regularly – mother and baby are doing well.
Shelter from the Storm, together with Mother, present a night of great music on 28 November to launch a unique photography show exploring the reach of homelessness in London.
Fyfe Dangerfield, talented singer-songwriter and lead singer of the Guillemots, will be playing an intimate music set in aid of Shelter from the Storm from 6.30pm to 10.00pm on 298 November at Downstairs at Mother (tickets available here).
This will mark the official opening of a unique photography exhibition, which features a series of portrait photographs of residents at Shelter from the Storm, a night shelter in North London. The photographs will shock many viewers, as they are the antithesis of the gritty images of rough sleepers with which we are bombarded in the run up to Christmas. They show a diverse group of people, many of them young, bright and beautiful, exploring the reach of the problem in the capital. Many of them have jobs, or are desperately seeking work, and simply cannot afford the capitals rising rent prices.
The photographs are the work of local photographer, Rosie Holtom, who has volunteered at Shelter from the Storm for four years. “Working at the shelter completely shattered my preconceptions of homelessness. I have met some fascinating people from all kinds of backgrounds, with incredible life stories. I wanted to take simple portraits that showed these proud, brave people for what they are without focussing on their homelessness.”
Tickets for the opening event at Downstairs at Mother, 10 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DD are available for £20 online here – all money raised will go to the shelter. The photography exhibition will run from 24 November to 3 December 2013
Get your tickets now to Shelter from the Storm’s Annual Fundraising Dinner and Art Auction on Tuesday 19 November at the Duke of Cambridge Organic Pub in Islington.
The Duke Of Cambridge Organic Pub is famous for its exquisite organic food and drink, seasonal, carefully sourced from independent producers, whilst keeping the environmental impact as low as possible. The evening will begin with a champagne reception at 6.30pm, then at 7pm Geetie Singh MBE and her team will be serving a delicious three course organic feast accompanied by the finest organic wine.
Your host on the evening is the inimitable Hardeep Singh Kohli, comedian and broadcaster, who will act as auctioneer for the second portion of the evening.After dinner you will have the opportunity to hear from the founders of Shelter from the Storm and a short film about the shelter will be screened. Desert and coffee will be served and then the most exciting portion of the evening kicks off when you will have the opportunity bid on unique works of art donated to the shelter by internationally acclaimed artists. All the money raised will go directly to helping us keep the shelter up and running. Follow this link to book your tickets