Herd of Nerds tackle Everest for Mind

15 Jun 2018

A team of bold adventurers from EMIS Health took on the Leeds Climbing Wall to scale the height of Everest and raise money for mental health charity, Mind.

During Mental Health Awareness Week in May the 42-strong team, called ‘Herd of Nerds’ set a tight target of 6 hours to complete the challenge – to climb 8,848 metres to equal the height of Everest.

Between them they smashed both their time and fundraising targets, raising more than £7,000 for Mind. EMIS Group doubled the funds raised, generating a total of more than £14,000 for the charity.

Mind is EMIS Group’s charity partner, in an initiative called Caring EMIS. The goal is to raise money for Infoline, a vital resource for those with mental health problems.

The challenge was led by Stuart Davies, EMIS Health programme manager. He said: “A mix of experienced, amateur and beginner-level climbers came together from across different parts of the business and lived out the core values that make EMIS Health the place it is.

“Some people went beyond their comfort zone during the challenge, meeting personal goals as well as the team objective. People worked together as a team and supported each other. Not only that, they did it smiling and laughing. It was a really inspiring day.” 

“People worked together as a team and supported each other. Not only that, they did it smiling and laughing. It was a really inspiring day”

Stuart Davies, EMIS Health programme manager

Dr Shaun O’Hanlon, EMIS Group chief medical officer said: “I’m so proud of the team for completing the challenge and for the impressive sum they have raised for Mind. Across the business there is a wide range of initiatives to raise money for Mind, and it’s inspiring to see the support and commitment that colleagues are giving to the Caring EMIS programme.”