Brewery backs Hartlepool climber’s Everest attempt

A TOAST: Camerons director and general manager Chris Soley, with Ellis and a pint of Strongarm.
A TOAST: Camerons director and general manager Chris Soley, with Ellis and a pint of Strongarm.

A BREWERY is backing a Hartlepool mountain climber as he bids to reach the top of the world.

Camerons Brewery will be sponsoring Hartlepool adventurer Ellis J Stewart’s epic climb of Mount Everest. Ellis will be tackling the 8,848m mountain in April and he is looking to raise funds for the Dreams Come True charity.

Ellis J Stewart on one of his previous expeditions.

Ellis J Stewart on one of his previous expeditions.

Ellis has been adventuring for 20 years and has climbed all over the world from the UK to Argentina.

But for the past 15 years, he has been focused on just one adventure, to climb Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.

He said: “For the vast majority of people the thought of attempting to climb Everest would fill them with dread but for those of us who have this calling, then attempting to climb this mountain is one of the single most defining, life- changing and glorious things to do on this earth.

“I firmly believe that, which in all probability is why I have been so determined to climb Everest at least once in my lifetime.”

“To have the support of a local organisation, especially one with such a long and proud history as Camerons does mean everything to me.

Ellis J Stewart, climber

Camerons have become the first business in Hartlepool to offer support for the ‘Everest Dream’ attempt. The company, celebrating 150 years of brewing this year, agreed to offer funding after meeting with Ellis earlier in the year.

Chris Soley, director and general manager at Camerons, said: “When I first met with Ellis I was enthused by his passion, drive and determination in tackling some of the world’s largest mountains. The challenge of taking on Mount Everest is an incredible feat and the training and dedication that Ellis has put into this is truly inspirational.”

Ellis said: “To have the support of a local organisation, especially one with such a long and proud history as Camerons does mean everything to me.

“Taking Camerons along to the top of Everest during this its 150th anniversary is a huge honour for me and I will do my very best to promote Camerons Brewery through my exploits out in Nepal”.

Ellis is leaving the UK from Newcastle Airport on April 2.

Ellis an the rest of his team will arrive at Everest around April 20.

If all goes according to plan, their bid to reach the summit could happen at any time between mid-May and May 25.

To follow the progress of Ellis, people should visit his website at www.everestdream.co.uk.