OutdoorWorldDirect customers are needed to help a man raise money for two charities – in memory of his friend who fell to his death on a mountain climb.
Charlie Egan, 22, who used to work for our West Yorkshire-based company, will attempt to scale Mount Snowdon next month as part of a fundraiser.
His 23-year-old pal, Stuart Tyrer, tragically slipped and fell as he walked down Snowdon on April 10 while on a solo hike – just minutes after texting his parents to say he had reached the top.
Mr Egan, who now works as an architect, plans to raise as much as possible for Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team and Help for Heroes.
Stuart’s friends are grateful to the rescue team who searched long and hard throughout the night for him, finally discovering his body on the morning of April 11. Help for Heroes, meanwhile, was a charity close to Stuart’s heart as he had planned for a career in the army.
Mr Egan, reflecting on the fatal incident, said: “Stuart decided to embark on a hike he had been wanting to do for a very long time. He had been very excited to climb Mount Snowdon.
“Stuart left for his solo hike on the morning and reached the summit later that day. He text his parents to say he reached the summit but unfortunately, not too soon after, he slipped and fell to his death.”
Around the time of the incident, Stuart had been working for a ski, mountaineering and camping company in the Snowdonia area.
The alarm was raised by colleagues at his work when he did not arrive home at the time he said he would.
Mr Egan added: “The Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team went out to search for our best friend when he needed them most.
“If it wasn’t for the amazing work this group of volunteers do, more lives would be put at risk.
“Unfortunately, in Stuart’s case, he was gone long before the alarm was raised let alone before they got to him. But they brought our friend home and for that we are eternally grateful.”
Mr Egan said Stuart had spent a lot of time and effort raising money for Help for Heroes.
“One thing we all remember about him was he always had a Help for Heroes wrist band on. This was a cause he believed in, and now, so do we!
“Any person who wishes, may climb Snowdon with us, even if they just want to cheer us on!”
If you would like to make a donation to Charlie’s fundraising attempt, visit the following JustGiving website address at: http://www.justgiving.com/remember/14401/Stuart-Tyrer
For more information on the incredible work of The Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team and Help for Heroes, visit the following address at: http://www.llanberismountainrescue.co.uk/ and http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/