I say literally flying, as I’m a Senior First Officer for Virgin Atlantic Airways.
I have been flying for Virgin for just over two years, and a commercial pilot for the last eight years. As such, I will be one of the three pilot crew flying the aircraft out to Tokyo just before we start the challenge.
Fuji was something I had been interested in for quite a few years, so once the opportunity came up I knew I had to do it. It is an 'aggressive, non technical' climb lasting 10 hours spread over two days. A lot of the climb will take place during the night so that we (hopefully!) arrive at the summit at sunrise.
Along with the obvious difficulties of climbing a 12389 foot mountain, the other challenges we could face are climbing in the dark with many other people and the changeable weather. However once completed, we will get the chance to sample a Japanese hot spring as a treat!
Every year since 2008, Virgin Atlantic has planned charity adventure challenges that are open to all employees within the airline. This year there are 11 challenges which include a trek along the Great Wall of China, numerous bike rides at venues around the world and of course a climb up Mount Fuji, 60 miles south west of Tokyo. It's great to be able to take part in a challenge I have always wanted to do and raise money at the same time
Jocelyn has two grandmothers who live quite far away and is unable to visit them as often as she would like. Because of this she decided to volunteer to help other elderly people closer by who may need contact with someone once in a while. For the last four years Jocelyn has been visiting Margret, where she will sit with her, have a chat and a nice cup of tea!
At least 50% of the money raised by each individual goes to the Virgin Atlantic charity Free the Children. The other half can be donated to a charity of the individuals choice. Having seen the great work that Independent Age does first hand - and the difference it has made to Margret - raising money for this charity was an easy choice. I am very proud to be raising money for such a worthwhile cause.
And you can support my challenge by visiting my fundraising page.