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Scaling Dizzy Heights for MMT

A gap year is not entirely unusual for school leavers before going on to university but gap year student, Alasdair Grassie (age 18), has planned a year full of personal physical challenges, one of which includes a 19 day expedition, climbing to an altitude of 5,545 metres above sea level to the base of Mount Everest, in support of the work of the Muir Maxwell Trust. 

Alasdair's journey began on Saturday 21st March, flying via Delhi, on to Nepal and eventually arriving deep in the Himalayan mountains where he will commence his expedition and attempt this remarkable charity challenge. Travelling light for obvious essential reasons, Alasdair still found a place in his backpack for our Muir Maxwell Trust mascot, MMT Max and kitted out with branded MMT clothing, we hope he will stay warm and well throughout his arduous journey, taking lots of photographs along the way for us to share with our supporters as we update you on his progress or on his return, if technology will not enable him to share in the meantime. 

Alasdair is no stranger to MMT, having fundraised for the charity before when our founder Ann Maxwell gave a talk at his school, Fettes College, about her son Muir and the work of the Trust which follows the experience of raising Muir, profoundly damaged by epilepsy. Muir's youngest brother Rory is a       pupil at the same school and eldest brother Connor is a past pupil. 

Alasdair's challenge will see a gruelling 19 days of relentless climbing to the base of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. On completion he will join a small group of MMT supporters, all aspiring elite athletes who have scaled great heights in recent years to help further the Trust's essential work, including Tom Fergusson who climbed Mont Blanc last year, team Cyberonics who cycled up Mont Ventoux, and Alan Fergusson who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

So best of luck Alasdair from all at MMT and on behalf of our beneficiaries a heart felt thanks for this incredible support of our work. 


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