Justin White braves volcanoes to raise £3,000 for hospice
Justin White has raised £3,000 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice after scaling three of Iceland’s largest volcanoes in a gruelling four-day team challenge. This included the still active Eyjafjallajökull, which was the cause of 2010’s disruptive ash cloud.
“The weather kept changing from one extreme to the other, it was brutal,” Justin says. “One minute we’d be trying to see through the blinding sun then suddenly a storm or blizzard would hit, and we’d be clinging onto the side of a volcano for dear life! Temperatures went down to minus 25 degrees and I ran out of water at one point, I return to England a broken man!”
Despite the hardships, Justin completed the expedition successfully and topped the team leader board in terms of funds raised for charity. He was one of just a handful of people to reach the summit of one of the largest volcanos, Eyjafjallajökull after a 13-hour hike across a glacier, something he found immensely satisfying.
“It wasn’t all hard work,” he continued. “Iceland has some breath-taking scenery and the trip had its lighter moments as one of my best friends, Mark Osbourne, came with me. One time he was walking ahead and fell, disappearing into a pile of mushy ice right in front of me! It was highly entertaining!”
Justin entered the challenge after turning 50 and vowing to do more for charity. He explained: “The independent St Wilfrid’s Hospice an enormously worthwhile cause that is close to my heart. I have been blown away by the generosity of my friends, Coffin Mew colleagues, business partners and the public. The support for my expedition has been great and means the world to me.”