The Chairman and founder of Chorley Group, one of the biggest Nissan retailers in the North-West, is gearing up for the climb of his life as he prepares to head up to the Everest base camp.
Andrew Turner MBE is founder, patron and chairman of the Inspire Youth Zone charity in Chorley, Lancs, and was awarded the MBE for his charity and community work in the 2019 New Years’ Honours list. He is aiming to raise over £25,000 for the charity closest to his heart.
On October 4th, Andrew will set off for the Everest Base Camp, which at 17,500 feet is only really suited to the most experienced climbers.
“I like a challenge but I’m not a natural athlete,” said Andrew. “I’m not some born again fitness fanatic and I like my food and drink, but this is all about doing something to raise money for a charity we set up for the benefit of the local community.”
The 59-year old says he is keen to take on his biggest physical challenge yet ahead of his 60thbirthday next January, and has been working with the youngsters at Inspire Youth Zone to develop innovative ways of raising funds, including ‘Uncle Andy’s Garlic Soup’, marketed to overcome altitude sickness.
He says he has been training harder for this challenge than any before, climbing mountains all over Europe in advance so he can get used to different climates and weather conditions to ensure he can meet his fundraising target.
“Inspire Youth Zone is all about giving young people opportunities and chances in life and is very much part of the community spirit that defines Chorley Group. Since we opened the Youth Zone in May 2018, the local police tell us that antisocial behaviour reports have dropped by 49 per cent. Giving youngsters a chance and a purpose clearly has a powerful effect.”
This isn’t Andrew’s first endurance challenge for charity. In 2017, he cycled to Lancashire from Switzerland to raise money for Chorley MENCAP.
To follow Andrew’s progress or support his campaign, go tohttps://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/InspireEverest