A Marine Veteran’s Mission to Support The Royal Marines Charity

Royal Marines veteran, Craig Hunter, is attempting to climb Mount Everest to raise £8,848 for The Royal Marines Charity.

Craig is no stranger to challenging and enduring conditions, but this may be his biggest challenge yet. 

Craig, a former member of The Royal Marines 45 Commando, was part of the first-ever British military team to complete a return journey to the South Pole in 2006. The journey covered 1,450 miles over 65 days using kite-powered skis. 

During his Everest climb, Craig will face similar challenges and must combat the effects of extreme altitude and strenuous physical exertion. He will be accompanied by local Sherpa people, who will assist him with ascending and descending the mountain. Mount Everest stands at 8,848m in height, and this is the fundraising target Craig has set for himself.

Speaking about the expedition from his training camp, Craig explained, “The Royal Marines charity is a cause close to my heart. As a former Royal Marine, I’ve witnessed first-hand the support they give to serving marines, veterans and their families; as a serving Royal Marine, hardship and determination are ingrained into your outlook. Completing this challenge is my opportunity to help give something back to an organisation supporting many men and women who sacrifice so much for their country”.

“The training has certainly been tough, but I’m as prepared as I can be for what I am certain will be the toughest challenge I’ve undertaken. I’d like to thank everyone who has donated and my friends and family for their unwavering support”.  

As part of the close-knit community of the Royal Marines, Craig is embarking on a mission to support his comrades who need it most. He hopes to raise awareness and critical funds for The Royal Marines Charity through his fundraising efforts. The Royal Marines Charity is an essential UK organisation that supports serving and retired Royal Marines and their families. As Craig sets his sights on the summit of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, he clearly demonstrates the unbreakable bond between military personnel. 

The Royal Marines Charity Fundraising Manager, Vicki Drinkwater, said, “We can’t thank Craig enough for choosing to raise funds for our Charity. The expedition itself is an awesome challenge, but to be doing it in support of the whole Corps Family is truly inspiring. We’re immensely grateful for the contribution it will make to the lifelong support we offer to the Royal Marines Family. We wish Craig every success with this mammoth endeavour and will be following his progress every step of the way.”

With your help, we can ensure that The Royal Marines Charity can continue its essential work of supporting those who have given so much for their country. 

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