Mon, 13 Nov 2017
A BUSINESS development manager at Newbury-based law firm Coffin Mew raised £3,000 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice after scaling three of Iceland’s largest volcanos in a “brutal” four-day team challenge.
Justin White’s gruelling trek included the still active Eyjafjallajökull, which was the cause of 2010’s disruptive ash cloud.
Speaking after completing the challenge, he said: “The weather kept changing from one extreme to the other – it was brutal.
“One minute we’d be trying to see through the blinding sun, then suddenly a storm or blizzard would hit, and we’d be clinging on to the side of a volcano for dear life.
“Temperatures went down to minus 25 degrees and I ran out of water at one point.”
Despite the hardships, Mr White completed the expedition successfully and was one of just a handful of people to reach the summit of Eyjafjallajökull, after a 13-hour hike across a glacier.
“It wasn’t all hard work,” he said. “Iceland has some breath-taking scenery and the trip had its lighter moments as one of my best friends, Mark Osbourne, came with me.
“One time he was walking ahead and fell, disappearing into a pile of mushy ice right in front of me.
“It was highly entertaining.”
Mr White entered the challenge after turning 50 and vowed to do more for charity.
He explained: “The independent St Wilfrid’s Hospice is an enormously worthwhile cause that is close to my heart.
“I have been blown away by the generosity of my friends, Coffin Mew colleagues, business partners and the public.
“The support for my expedition has been great and means the world to me.”