Thomas Philpot

Thomas' Climb To The Highest Peak In the Arctic

Fundraising for The Farming Community Network
Thomas' Climb To Summit The 8th Pole, 27 May 2024
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We offer practical and pastoral support to help farming families through hard times


It would appear I have my fathers inability to say no to an opportunity when one presents itself!

Having returned from our freezing trip trekking across Baffin Island. I thought that it would be the last time I would put myself in such a cold environment. However, a space became available, and I was asked to climb the highest mountain within the Arctic Circle (known as the 8th continental peak) as a part of a team of 5. With only 60 groups having ever climbed to the top it makes it a very rare mountain to climb.

I have never climbed a mountain before (other than using a chairlift!) so this will definitely be a new experience! I am told that Mt Gunnbjörn, being in a polar region will make the altitude feel much higher than it's numerical value due to the low air pressure. We will all be harnessed together to navigate over crevasse's and will be using crampons and ice axes to climb to the summit.

I appreciate that many donated to our previous trip, so any donations at all will most definitely help to motivate me to get to the summit knowing that it is for a very worthy cause!

The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times.

Farming is not just a job – it’s a way of life. It is a wonderful industry to work in, but it can also be inherently risky and volatile. Farmers are regularly forced to deal with issues on the farm that are beyond their control, such as animal disease, fluctuating market prices and the weather. Farming can also be a very isolating and lonely occupation, with farmers often spending long hours out in the field with little or no form of social interaction.

On top of their responsibilities on the farm, farm workers also deal with issues in their personal life, such as relationship breakdowns, physical health problems and bereavement.

FCN volunteers provide support in a number of ways. These can include support with paperwork, building relationships with bank managers, acting as family mediators and even supporting farmers through legal issues.

More often than not, farm workers just need someone who will listen to them. FCN volunteers are on hand to provide a sympathetic ear, which is why our confidential helpline is such an important asset to those who seek our help.

About the charity

The Farming Community Network

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RCN 1095919
The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a charity and voluntary organisation that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times, whether the issue is personal or business related. Our confidential national helpline is open every day of the year from 7am-11pm.

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