Everest climb raised £12k for Air Ambulance

A Reading businessman who nearly lost his life attempting to reach the summit of Mount Everest on a charity climb for Thames Valley Air Ambulance has been nominated for a Pride of Reading Award.

Dominic Renshaw, 46, could be crowned Fundraiser of the Year at this year’s glitzy awards ceremony after being put forward by the Air Ambulance’s Clare Allen after his awesome climb up the world’s highest mountain generated almost £13,000 for the charity.

She said: “Scaling Everest had been a long-term ambition of Dominic’s – first dreaming of his expedition when he was just a boy.

Dominic Renshaw

Dominic Renshaw during his awesome ascent of Everest. Credit: UGC

“It took him 10 years to plan, train and organise his adventure and in April of this year he began his epic journey.

“Dominic wasn’t planning on taking the ‘easy’ route, instead he chose to follow the footsteps of famed climbers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine and attempt the ‘climbers’ route’ via the north ridge.

“Dom was part of 10 participants on this intrepid climb attempt, and with the fact that one in 10 climbers never make it back, his fiancée Jane was understandably nervous about the journey that lay ahead of him.

“Despite a terminal failure in his breathing apparatus, Dominic returned home reasonably unscathed with just a few torn ligaments and temporary deafness.

“As the Thames Valley Air Ambulance fundraiser who supported Dom through his fundraising efforts, I was utterly in awe of his determination and bravery.

“As well as putting his mind and body through hell, he also found time to fundraise a staggering £12,747, which is roughly enough to keep our helicopter fuelled and flying for two weeks helping people from Reading, Berkshire and beyond in urgent need of critical emergency care.

“All of us here at Thames Valley Air Ambulance are incredibly proud and grateful of Dom’s achievements and would absolutely love for them to be recognised with a Pride of Reading Award.”

Mr Renshaw, who runs a Google advertising company and lives in Shiplake Bottom in Peppard Common, said: “Wow, I didn’t see that coming. I feel honoured and proud to be nominated by my peers for such a prestigious award.

“Even as a very young boy I had a fascination with things that are a little different, finding challenges to push me to my limits – not just physically and mentally but also personally.

“There is, of course, the obvious mental and physical aspect of training for and climbing Mount Everest.

“Then there is the personal challenge of raising the money to fund such an adventure, while helping others by raising funds for Thames Valley Air Ambulance.”

On his life-threatening breathing apparatus failure some 1,000ft from the summit, he said:

“I realised something didn’t quite feel right, every step meant I was out of breath.

“Alarm bells were ringing, I was not getting the oxygen I so desperately needed and was only able to move three steps before keeling over.

“My brain kicked into gear, clearly something was wrong and simply hitting the [oxygen] mask was not resolving the problem. I simply said ‘I’m going down, no questions’.”

On what made him most proud of his attempted ascent to the top, he said: “Something far more important had happened; I had been able to make the correct decision at the right time to turn around, many have sadly not done this and still lie on Everest to this day.

“I certainly don’t regret not standing on the summit; it was one hell of an adventure that I’ll no doubt be talking about for years to come.

“I didn’t know I had it in me to make the hardest decision of my life, but it appears I do.

“Then arriving home knowing I’d raised almost £13,000 for TVAA, which will help save many more lives.”

To find out more or make a donation, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dominic-renshaw

Source: In Your Area

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