RMGroup’s Jason Vaughan is an experienced Program engineer with a keen interest in sports especially cycling. This December he is attempting a virtual climb on his bicycle which will see him pushing the limits and attempting the 8,848m/29,029ft climb of Everest. All of this effort is not to gain a personal best but to raise money for a local charity – Llanidloes Hospital Palliative Care Unit, that supported him and his family through a bereavement recently. RMGroup are proud to sponsor him £250 for this attempt and we would like to share this with customers, suppliers and connections to help him exceed his goal of £800.
The ride will be recorded and updates on his progress will be shared. The team will also be motivating him through the pain and John Lightbown who is Project Manager at RMGroup will be riding with him for support and his sanity.
See below the full details from Jason: Good luck Jason – Donate here
The selected climb for my Virtual Everesting attempt ride is “Alpe du Zwift”, the virtual reproduction of the most famous climb in the world, Alpe d’Huez! Alpe du Zwift is a brutal 12,2 kilometres long with an average gradient of 8.5 % totally 1036 meters of elevation gain. All this and the 22 iconic switchbacks which on their own are an endless reminder of how far you have to go with each climb up its slope. This I will have to repeat 9 times to make sure I get the elevation.
I will be using the training platform Zwift, set up with my Giant TCR Advanced road bike and Wahoo Kickr direct drive turbo trainer.
I’m raising money for this unit as they were absolutely brilliant looking after my late Nan (Thelma Vaughan for all that knew her). They allowed my Grandpa (Kenny) and us as the family to be with her as much as we wanted which ended up more or less 24/7 for the last few weeks we had her with us. She had spent quite a while on the ward in the hospital also and the nurses that are there are the same on the ward as the unit, I cant thank them enough on what they did for my Nan and support they gave to my Grandpa also the family at the time.
I want to raise money to try and give a little back to help the ward to be able to continue the brilliant care and kindness that they gave my Nan and our family, to other families in their times of need.
I will be attempting to ride the elevation of Everest virtually, so this means I will be using my road bike on a turbo trainer and via an application called Zwift. In a single ride attempt to ride 8,848m/29,029ft. It does not matter how long the ride takes, but it must be attempted in one ride (i.e. no sleeping in between). Breaks for meals etc. are fine. This is a big effort and I will be pushing mself to the limit. Training has started and I will put the date up shortly. (Possibly in the Christmas break)
So I hope some of my friends, neighbour’s, family, colleagues etc can spare a little to help this cause. It doesn’t matter how big or small the donation may be, every penny counts to help this unit and the nurses in the hospital who provide the best possible care to others in need.