In March 2017, Mark Starling (Kier Safety, Health and Environmental Manager), is attempting to climb to the summit of Everest, the highest mountain in the world, widely considered the most dangerous place on earth and the toughest obstacle to summit; American climbing legend Ed Viesturs called it “the holy grail of mountaineering”.

To date, only around 4000 people have successfully sumitted Mount Everest, very few in the past three years. If successful, Mark will join the ranks of the top extreme athletes around the world who have completed such an achievement.

Mark is using the expedition as an opportunity to raise funds for various COINS Foundation and Kier Foundation projects and in particular The Alzheimer’s Society (Kier’s charity partner) and PEAS (an organisation which COINS have been supporting for 7 years).

The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity, providing support to anyone affected by any form of dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

PEAS, Smartaid Schools in Africa, focus on providing education to children in Uganda. They provide solar power to schools which greatly improves the quality of education offered by allowing high quality learning aids to be used.

Mark would also like for some of the funds raised to go to a local charity in Nepal called ‘The Himalayan Project.’ The mission of The Himalayan Project is to encourage the cultural preservation of indigenous people of the Himalayas, through education, community development, and social outreach.

Mark is a keen extreme sports enthusiast and in his spare time he has been completing the world’s toughest endurance races as part of a lifelong ambition. In the process he has raised over £100K for various charities.

Mark has a level of determination which drives him on to “Aim High”. He aims to complete the world’s seven tallest summits and has successfully completed the Marathon Des Sables, the race to the North Pole on ski’s and the Devizes to Westminster international canoe race to name a few.

In 2015 Mark was named one of Kier Group’s ‘Kier Heroes’ as he, in his chosen profession, successfully risk manages our workplaces and assists our site teams in delivering some of our most prestigious and challenging projects incident free; a real ambassador for the construction industry

This latest expedition will begin March 2017 in Nepal and is expected to take around nine weeks to complete.

Thanks to the wonders of technology, we will be following Mark’s progress closely on the Kier website, LinkedIn pages and Twitter feed, with regular updates from him in the form of written blogs and videos. They will also have a dedicated web page linked to the tracker that he will be carrying on him at all times.

If you’d like to sponsor Mark, visit his Fundraiser Profile Page.