Stephen Welch

A self-funded challenge to conquer the highest mountain peak in the Southern and Western hemispheres, the second highest of the Seven Summits and the World’s highest summit outside the Himalayas - Stephen Welch has set his sights set on Aconcagua in Argentina.

Raising money for both The Springboard Charity and Barnardo’s, Stephen will be battling the extremes as he encounters high altitude mountaineering due to the enormous size of Aconcagua – just shy of 7,000m in altitude.

Setting off in November the expedition lasts 25 days, comprising 18 days from arrival at base camp to the summit, and including an ascent of nearby Bonette peak (5,100m) both for the magnificent views and to aid acclimatisation.

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This isn’t the first time Stephen has taken on an adventure in support for charity. In October 2011 he trekked to the top of Kilimanjaro, at 5,895m the highest mountain in Africa, raising £4,730 for Alzheimer’s Society.

Stephen said: whilst I am focusing on the challenge of ‘Aco’ later this year, I’m also taking the opportunity to raise funds for two important charities, Springboard and Barnado’s, both of which make a difference to the lives and prospects of young people. Given that I’m funding all of the costs of my trek, every pound donated will go to my two chosen charities.

Stephen, who is a founder member of Santander’s specialist Hotel & Leisure Finance team has chosen Springboard since it has a focus on supporting disadvantaged and underprivileged people into sustainable employment within hospitality, leisure and tourism – the industry sectors covered by Stephen. He has also chosen Barnado’s since this is another fantastic charity and one of Santander’s two Charities of the Year for 2017.

To support Stephen on this expedition, please visit his online donation page: