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Honorary president conquers Everest

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1 September 2009 by Pete Mathers

In the very early hours of 21 May, Sir Ranulph Fiennes (65), a Wexas Honorary President, reached the summit of Mount Everest at his third time of asking.

In 2005, the explorer suffered a heart attack on the mountain only 350 m from the summit. His second attempt last year saw him get close but exhaustion and bad weather forced him to turn back once again. On finally completing his long-held goal, he told the BBC, “This is the closest you can get to the moon by walking. We came to the summit as dawn broke. It was very, very cold”.

Success sees Fiennes become the first man to cross both polar ice caps and climb the world’s highest mountain. He hopes it will help him meet his fundraising target of £3 million in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, a charity that helps terminally ill people die. Fiennes began supporting the charity after his mother, two sisters and wife Ginny died from cancer. Fiennes said, “I urge everyone who followed my attempt to give generously to Marie Curie, so that we can at last achieve our £3 million target to support its pioneering work in end-of-life care”.

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