02 November 2017

We invite you to join us on the journey to summit Aconcagua

We invite you to join us on the journey to summit Aconcagua

Located in the Argentinean Andes, Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the world outside the Himalayas, standing at 6,962m/22,841ft. The sheer altitude, as well as high winds and deep snowfalls, make the climb extremely tough.

Dear Friends and Family,

The date is getting closer….There's only 5 weeks to go until Ben Freeth, his two sons (17 & 16) and Anthony Egremont Lee (a good friend) and his son (14), will be setting off to summit Mount Aconcagua. This extremely tough climb is taking place to raise funds for The Mike Campbell Foundation's on-going humanitarian and vital work towards the restoration of the rule of law in Zimbabwe. We are working hard to give the people of Zimbabwe HOPE.

In Ben's own words: "We have faced massive persecution and witnessed terrible destruction in Zimbabwe. It requires courage, tenacity and teamwork to overcome them and move forward. The camaraderie, grit and triumph involved in summiting great mountains are valuable lessons for life's other formidable challenges.”

From Joshua whilst in the middle of his ‘A' level exams: “I am really excited for the coming expedition. It is such a privilege to be able to face such a challenge and I want to discover what it takes to overcome it. It will be a journey of self- discovery and finding what really matters most. I'm so pleased to be able to do this to raise money for those living through such hard times in Zimbabwe. It wouldn't be possible without all the incredible support from everybody. I am immensely grateful to be able to take on this amazing climb.”

And from Stephen in the middle of his ‘O' levels:This climb is going to be very tough with lots of weight on our backs with a high vertical ascent and a big altitude and cold and wind chill factor. To get to the top we are going to have to work together and be as prepared as we can get in terms of training. Work like one and we will get there as one. I have been doing runs and crossfit to help with this but the main thing is to train with weight on my back. It's going to be a great achievement for all of us if/when we make it to the top of this mountain, Aconcagua.”

And from Tristan aged 14: “For this Aconcagua expedition I am so grateful for being able to do this and so thankful for all the people that are sponsoring us. My feelings for this are mixed. The overwhelming feeling is excitement because l want to get pulled out of my comfort zone and for me to have a line that I can come back to see what I can achieve. Then I also have a sense of fear - the fear that on the day I won't try my fullest and a fear of the unknown. But this fear propels me forward to try and achieve and this goes with a saying that I made up to help me: “Prioritize, Overcome, Conquer.”

And from James in response to his son Tristan: “We will all be challenged and we all have an element of fear about the unknown and not performing or letting our mates down. We're all on the same journey!”

We are so grateful to those of you that have supported the brave team so far. We are amazed at your generosity. We do, however, still have much work to do until we reach our fundraising target. We would be truly grateful if you could support the team's climb through your sponsorship.

You can do this in the following ways:
1) Visit our JustGiving page where you can donate online:
2) Send a cheque to:

Mike Campbell Foundation, Woodgate, Oad Street, Borden, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 8JX

3) Transfer from your bank to ours:

The Mike Campbell Foundation
Sort Code 20 54 11 Account No 63039331 please use reference ‘Aconcagua'
We would be very grateful if you could join us and be part of their incredible journey summiting Mt Aconcagua by sponsoring the team.

With every blessing,


Claire Freeth (Chair, Mike Campbell Foundation)


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