25/Jul/2014 - Last News Update: 21:06

Alps avalanche: Charity donations surge

Category: England

Published: 14th Jul 2012 11:34:15

The deaths of two climbers who died in an avalanche in the French alps has prompted a surge in charity donations.

John Taylor, 48, and Steve Barber, 47, from Upper Poppleton, west of York, were among nine people who died on Mont Maudit, near Chamonix, on Thursday.

The duo were attempting the reach the summit of Mont Blanc, raising money for St Leonard's Hospice.

Before the accident £300 had been raised via Mr Barber's charity page. That has now reached more than £2,700.

Mr Barber's 10-year-old daughter Francesca attends the same school as the two children of Mr Taylor, Emma, 10 and Louise, eight.

The school, Poppleton Ousebank, is also collecting donations for the chosen charity.

A spokesman for St Leonard's said staff and patients at the hospice were "moved by the donations".

"Many people who have no connection with Steve or John or the hospice are using the JustGiving page as a way of commemorating their lives.

"If anything at all good has come of this dreadful story, I think it's the fact that people are helping the hospice and helping people in York and the surrounding area who have life-threatening illnesses.

"We're always grateful for any support that we can get, even the very sad circumstances like this."

Climber and mountain guide Roger Payne, 55, - originally from London - was the third British person to be killed in the avalanche.

The three had been part of a 28-strong group traversing Mont Maudit before dawn.

A memorial service is due to take place in Chamonix, in tribute to all of the victims.

According to the Prefecture de la Haute-Savoie, two people from Spain, three Germans and one Swiss were the others killed in the avalanche.

BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2012. Alps avalanche: Charity donations surge [Online] (Updated 14th Jul 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1440511/Alps-avalanche-Charity-donations-surge [Accessed 25th Jul 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
  • Could bulk-buying save NHS pounds?

    Would it be better if the NHS bought in bulk?
  • Glasgow 2014: Elliott sets new world record to win gold

    England's Steph Slater took silver as Australian teenager Maddison Elliott set a new world record to win the Para-sport S8 100m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
  • Ed Miliband: No more photo opportunities?

    When this picture of Ed Miliband's battle with a bacon butty hit the news, the Labour team pulled a few faces of their own. So why is the party's leader talking about how he looks?
  • Russia loses control of gecko sex experiment satellite

    A Russian satellite containing geckos, fruit flies and mushrooms could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.
  • Eleanor Bron joins The Archers cast

    Eleanor Bron has joined the cast of Radio 4's rural drama series The Archers, playing a character who first appeared in it 60 years ago.