Tim Adams talks to Director of Edwards Insurance Brokers, Chris Edwards about their partnership with Youth for Christ and why he is climbing Kilimajaro…

What experience do you have of the Youth for Christ movement?

We’re proud to be able to say that we’re the insurance brokers for Youth for Christ, not only for the head office in Halesowen but for a large number of centres nationwide. We’ve been to several events hosted by Youth for Christ and there we’ve seen first-hand the amazing work they do for young people.

How have you found working with them?

We already had a close working relationship with many members of Youth for Christ but since my involvement in The Climb, I’ve made even more friends. They’re such a great bunch and really supportive. I’m looking forward to sharing the experience with them.

Have you ever done anything like The Climb before?

Never! Until my training started, I’d never climbed a mountain before in my life! I’ve conquered Snowdon numerous times now though!

How is preparation going?

It’s tough but I’m enjoying it! Having never climbed a mountain before, I’ve been very aware that I’ve got a lot of work to do. But I’ve been going out walking most weekends, just building myself up. The more I walk the easier it gets!

How are you feeling about the trek?

A mix of nerves and excitement but overall really looking forward to the adventure and the challenge that awaits.

What are you looking forward to most?

I’m looking forward to getting to the top. But more than that, I’m looking forward to coming down and being able to say that I’ve done something so big that I can be proud of and that I’ll have helped to raise the money for such a good cause.

What are most worried about?

The scariest aspect of this for me is the altitude. I’m doing training, walking up hills and smaller mountains but I don’t think I could ever be fully prepared for how I’m going to react to the altitude. I’m trying not to think about it!

Why should people sponsor you?

If the work that Youth for Christ do isn’t enough of a reason, then I think knowing how much of a challenge this is going to be for me is enough to get people to put their hands in their pockets, dig deep and sponsor me in this mammoth challenge

Sponsor Chris