MP ‘Summits’ with Everest Mountaineer

Tom Brake MP met with a local resident and Jo Bradshaw, leading female mountain guide, in Westminster last week. Jo met the local while hiking Kilimanjaro in August, and they will be returning for a second shot at the top in February. Jo will then be making a bid for Everest’s summit, with 360 Expeditions, to raise funds for the charity, Place2Be.


Place2Be is a charity that offers on-site therapeutic services in schools, providing children with swift access to counselling and emotional support through lunchtime drop-in sessions, 1-1 and group therapeutic work. The charity also provides support for parents and consultation for school staff around children’s mental health needs. Place2Be works in 200 schools, supporting over 75,000 children aged 4-14.

Jo, among many others, was bullied at school and understands the importance of high quality mental health support for children. “I work with a lot of youngsters in my role as an Outdoor Instructor and many would benefit from the counselling, support, and services provided by Place2Be’.

Tom Brake MP agrees, “This is extremely valuable work and I will certainly be encouraging schools in my constituency to consider forging links with Place2Be. I am very impressed with Jo’s project and her efforts to support this deserving charity, as well as the number of ways Jo involves the public in her exciting expedition.”

For anybody who would like to be a part of this exciting Everest adventure, you can follow Jo’s preparation and ascent on Facebook at and on Twitter (@29029feet).

There are many ways you can be involved. For more information on how, check out Jo’s website at


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