Scaling The Heights For Charity

15th May 2019
Malcolm Triggs

Former England rugby player Lee Mears, who recently set a world record as part of a team that played on Everest, is visiting Kent at the end of the month to share his thoughts with local businesses.

The British & Irish Lion, keen pilot, charity ambassador and executive business coach will be at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne on the afternoon of 30 May.

Lee recently returned from Everest, where he was part of a team of 24 who played the highest game of full contact rugby and the highest game of mixed rugby in history in support of the Wooden Spoon children’s charity.

Joined by fellow team captains Ollie Phillips, Shane Williams and Tamara Taylor, Lee had to battle the acclimatisation challenges posed by the 6,500m high venue as they sought to raise more than £200,000 towards life-changing projects supporting children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage across the UK & Ireland.

After a 20-year career that encompassed two Rugby World Cups, 43 international rugby caps for England and a British & Irish Lions tour, Lee now channels his experience in building high-performing, self-motivated teams capable of performing at the highest level into his work as an executive business coach.

He currently coaches senior executives, teams and boards across a wide range of sectors, from finance, investment banking and commodity trading to tech, retail and manufacturing and will be sharing his experience with business men and women at the Battle of Britain Memorial.

He will be the guest of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, which has invited local business people to see the new meeting facilities at the memorial site just outside Folkestone and will also be talking about the work the Trust does to preserve the memory of the men Churchill immortalised as ‘the Few’.

The Trust, which honours the memory of the men of the Royal Air Force who fought in the Battle of Britain in 1940, has impressive meeting facilities in The Wing, the Spitfire wing-shaped visitor centre opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2015, and in Hunting Lodge, the former visitor centre now converted into an impressive library and resource centre. The clifftop location of the site and the calm atmosphere of the Memorial add to the appeal of the venue.

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