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Incredible Scottish mountaineer Jamie Andrew to participate in Tesco Bank 4 Abbeys Challenge

Tesco Bank announces that celebrated mountaineer Jamie Andrew is to participate in this year’s Tesco Bank 4 Abbeys Challenge

In 1999, Jamie lost his hands and feet after being caught in a terrible storm after completing the North Face of Les Droites in the French Alps at the height of his climbing career. His rescue was one of the most dramatic in mountaineering history. Very sadly, Jamie’s climbing partner Jamie Fisher lost his life.

Since then Jamie has taken part in many high profiles challenges, refusing to be defeated by his so-called disability. He has raised over £100,000 for charity.

Jamie has climbed Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, he returned to Chamonix, with one of his doctors and rescuers, and climbed the Cosmiques Arete on L’Aiguille du Midi, which was subject of a documentary for French television called Le Defi de Jamie, broadcast on France 3 and winner of several film festival awards.

Jamie has also participated in the London Marathon, whilst he has returned to the Alps several times climbing several mountains including Mont Blanc du Tacul (4200m) and The Monch (4099m). He also made an attempt on Mont Blanc (4800m), Western Europe’s highest mountain, but was forced to turn back just 300m below the summit due to closing bad weather. With three other disabled mountaineers Jamie also made an all-disabled ascent of Kilimajaro (5895m), the highest mountain in Africa.

The Tesco Bank 4 Abbeys Challenge presents a new challenge for Jamie, in that he’ll be relying on his physical fitness to cycling the 91km route through the stunning surroundings of the Scottish Borders, past the abbeys at Kelso, Melrose, Jedburgh and Dryburgh. This is the first year the challenge has been open to the general public.

This year’s charity beneficiaries, selected by Tesco Bank employees in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle are Place2Be, Aberlour Child Care Trust, and Tiny Lives.

Jamie Andrew comments,

“I’m really excited to be taking part in this year’s Tesco Bank 4 Abbeys Challenge.  I love the scenery of the Scottish Borders and the route looks absolutely stunning.  Cycling without hands and feet obviously presents a particular challenge but I’m never one to be put off by a small difficulty like that!  So I’m really looking forward to it and just hoping for good weather on the day!”

Adele Mills, Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank says,

“We are delighted that Jamie Andrew is taking on the Tesco Bank 4 Abbeys Challenge. His life has been a phenomenal story of determination. We know he loves to test himself and support charities at the same time. As a mountaineer this represents a totally different challenge, but his spirit epitomises the magic of the 4 Abbeys.”

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