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As I'm sure many people are aware, an avalanche in the Glencoe area of Scotland tragically killed four people on Saturday 19th January 2013. One of those was my brother Tom Chesters. At just 28 years old, he was far too young to go, but we find small crumbs of comfort in the fact that he died whilst taking part in one of the many outdoor activities he loved. Nevertheless, these are very tragic times and, as Tom’s brother, I have felt moved to try to raise money for the mountain rescue teams who searched for Tom and the other victims of this horrid accident. In this instance, the Lochaber and Glencoe Mountain Rescue Teams were involved and, therefore, I feel it would be appropriate to split any money raised between the two teams.

Consequently, on 10th March 2013, I will be running The Grizzly - a 20ish mile multi-terrain race from Seaton in East Devon. This is a race that Tom enjoyed taking part in and it, therefore, seemed like an appropriate race for me to run to raise money. On behalf of Tom, my parents and I would be extremely grateful if you could sponsor me to raise funds for this worthy cause. When you are making your donation, please take some time to think of Tom, and also remember that Tom’s girlfriend Rachel Majumdar, as well as his friends Chris Bell and Una Finnegan, were also killed in this tragic accident. 

Thank you. 

Updates 3

The results have just been published on the Axe Valley Runners web-site. I finished 69th, out of 1447 finishers.

11/03/13 22:50

To prove I ran The Grizzly, I've added a picture of me during the race. Its taken on the steep descent into Branscombe Mouth after about 26km. You might be able to see that I wore a special t-shirt with Toms picture printed on it.

11/03/13 21:39

Well, I've successfully completed The Grizzly. As always it was a tough course and the bad weather made it extra Grizzly - just as Tom would have liked it best! The "Memorial to Absent Friends" after 20km was very emotional. Thanks for your support and sponsorship so far.

10/03/13 21:32

Raising money for

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team

Charity Registration No. SC011549

Lochaber Mountain Rescue team provides a search and rescue service for Lochaber district with the largest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis in the centre of it's geographical area. It not only assists climbers and mountaineers but any person such as canoeists, mountain bikers and back country skiers.

Donations 550

Ben, I'd just like to add my small contribution in memory of your brother.

Donation by Rob Hick on 03/08/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Alan Simpson on 17/07/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 11/07/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Only met Tom and Rachel a few times, but their zest for life and adventure was infectious, and they are sadly missed.

Donation by Eleanor Haresign on 11/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Richard Askwith on 18/04/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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From the Big G

Donation by Garry Perratt on 17/04/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 07/04/13

£255.00

+ £63.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Chris Irving on 02/04/13

£5.00

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I did not know Tom or Rachel well but I knew of them and identify very much with people with such outdoor spirit.

Donation by Heather Walton JOK and SLOW on 29/03/13

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well done on the Grizzly

Donation by Clive Sally and Bryn Wilkinson on 26/03/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Sarah and Alan Middleton on 24/03/13

£10.00

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Donation by Paul Golding on 21/03/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Great effort on the Grizzly Ben. Well done setting up this website Ben.

Donation by Andy and Vicky Thornton on 21/03/13

£25.00

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Donation by Roger & Gill Trivett on 20/03/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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With best wishes - Charlotte (Sarum)

Donation by Charlotte Thornton on 20/03/13

£73.00

+ £18.25 Gift Aid

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In memory of Tom and Rachel, from Tom Cochrane & colleagues at CEPA

Donation by Amanda Sharp on 20/03/13

£500.00

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Donation by Anon on 17/03/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Arthur & Christine Vince on 16/03/13

Donation by sue cunningham on 14/03/13

£5.00

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Donation by Jacquelyn Bacon on 13/03/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 13/03/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Trina Rees on 12/03/13

£10.00

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Donation by Neil Blackmore on 12/03/13

£5.00

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Donation by Nice Buoy on 11/03/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Nigel Barrett on 11/03/13

£10.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£13,394.14
  • Offline donations£1,151.57
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£14,545.71
  • Gift Aid£2,794.75

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