Nigel, who is managing director of the Bardon Group that includes the franchise brands Recognition Express and ComputerXplorers plus a major manufacturing business – RE-trade Limited relishes the opportunity and compares the 5,895 metre climb to the challenge franchising faces in the UK.
He said: “Despite the fact that franchised businesses contribute over £11 billion a year to our economy, many in the UK still struggle to get their heads round franchising. All the members of the bfa work very hard to help publicise the tremendous opportunities that buying a franchise can bring – to individuals, to businesses and to the wider economy. Now though I would like them to get behind me in this fund-raising climb to raise a significant amount of money for WellChild.
“I appreciate that many companies have their own designated charities, but it would be a really great gesture for the franchise community to support my trek as generously as possible.”
WellChild is the national charity for sick children. It helps sick children and their families throughout the UK as they deal with the consequences of serious illness and complex conditions. The organisation’s mission is to reach as many children and young people as possible through focusing on care, support and research.
For Nigel this will be the second time he has pushed his own comfort zones in aid of children’s charities. Seven years ago with John Pratt, of renown franchising lawyers Hamilton Pratt, he raised over £20,000 for the ‘Why My Child’ appeal researching children’s diseases at Birmingham Hospital by cycling 360 kilometres round Cuba. The latest challenge will take ten days climbing the world famous volcano via the Rongai route which begins south of the Kenya-Tanzania border.
“The difference is that this time I am that bit older – but on the other hand I am not getting any younger either! Call it insanity or just plain stupid, but I welcome the challenge to push myself to the limit. I recognise how fortunate I am to be in a very good place, both personally and professionally and wanted to do something meaningful to help others who are not as fortunate.” He added.
Full publicity will be given by Nigel to any organisation or individual supporting Nigel’s Kilimanjaro challenge.
To donate a cheque (made payable to Well Child) please send to Janet Matthews, Recognition Express Limited, Unit 2, Cartwright Court, Forest Business Park, Bardon, Leicestershire LE67 1UB or you could make an online-contribution at Nigel’s JustGiving website: www.justgiving.com/Nigel-Toplis.