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Christine Bunting takes on her biggest challenge yet as she prepares to trek to Mount Everest Base Camp

Christine with her equipment to get her to base camp
Christine with her equipment to get her to base camp

Christine Bunting, a lawyer from specialist Court of Protection law firm Hyphen Law, is about to take on the biggest challenge of her life as she prepares to trek to the world-famous Mount Everest Base Camp to fundraise for Cerebra.

The tough trek will involve climbing the legendary Everest Trail to Base Camp a (literally) breath-taking 5,360 metres above sea level. To put this into perspective, the highest mountain in the British Isles is Ben Nevis in Scotland stands at just 1,345 metres!

As a lawyer who has worked with many families of children with acquired brain injuries and other brain conditions over the years, Christine is passionate about raising awareness and much-needed funds for us.

Christine is delighted and honoured to have received advice and support from renowned adventurer Sir David Hempleman-Adams, the first person in history to reach the Geographic and Magnetic North and South Poles as well as climb the highest peaks in all seven continents, the ‘Adventurers’ Grand Slam’.

Christine will start her trek from the southern side of Everest, putting more than 12 months of training into practice to take on the epic hike. Her training regime has included borrowing a Hypoxic Training Machine from the Altitude Centre to improve her fitness and to help her adjust to the altitude she will be facing.

Christine is flying to Kathmandu, Nepal to prepare for the adventure on 4 April and after a short flight to Lukla Airport, rated the most dangerous airport in the world due to its high terrain and steep drops, she will start her 13-day trek with fellow climbers in the heart of the Himalayas.

She will begin a two-day walk to the village of Namche Bazaar to begin acclimatising to the high altitude and then trek for another two days to Dingboche to acclimatise further before starting her four-day ascent to Everest Base Camp. 

Christine in training for the high altitude
Christine in training for the high altitude

Christine said: “I love to get out of my comfort zone for charity and in recent years I’ve skydived over Salisbury Plain and wing walked on a 1940s Boeing Stearman biplane doing  heart-stopping aerobatics to raise money for Cerebra; but this is my biggest challenge to date!

“I can’t say I am looking forward to the possibility of getting altitude sickness or the extreme cold – rumour has it that it can reach minus 15 degrees at night – but while the trek will be a significant physical and mental test for me, it’s nothing compared to the challenges that families with children living with brain conditions deal with every day of their lives.

“The climb to Everest Base Camp will be an experience of a lifetime and to be able to do it while raising funds for Cerebra’s tremendous work supporting children with brain conditions and their families is a fantastic opportunity.”

Chris Jones, Chief Executive at Cerebra said: “Families where a child has a brain condition face challenges every day. Just to learn, play, make friends, enjoy and experience the world can feel difficult, even impossible. But we don’t believe there’s any challenge that can’t be overcome. We rely on the generosity of our supporters to fund our work and so we are so very grateful to Christine for taking on yet another challenge of her own and wish her a safe and successful trip”.

If you’d like to make a donation to Cerebra, Christine has set up a Just Giving page. She is funding the trek herself, so any money raised will go directly to the charity. To donate please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chrisbunting1.

Christine is director of Hyphen Law, a team of highly experienced specialist lawyers and support staff working solely on Court of Protection cases relating to property and affairs and the creation and management of personal injury trusts. The team works with clients, case managers, solicitors, families and support teams to deliver services tailored to their clients’ needs.

Christine Bunting Receives Award at Downing Street

Christine receiving her award from Samantha Cameron

Christine receiving her award from Samantha Cameron

Christine Bunting, Director at Hyphen Law has been working tirelessly to promote the work that Cerebra does for some time, even going so far as to complete a skydive to raise funds for us. Now, she has been recognised with a prestigious award at our recent charity reception at 10 Downing Street.

Christine was named was named a ‘Point of Light’ by Prime Minister David Cameron for the part she played in forming a group of fundraisers in London.

She was instrumental in setting up the London Minds group to support the work of Cerebra, having been made aware of the charity through her work at Hyphen Law who specialise in supporting people with a mental impairment. Christine wanted to find a way for the firm to support people beyond their clients. She realised that she could help the charity to access a key audience of potential supporters in London and set up London Minds.

With London Minds, Christine has united a team of six other professionals based in London who are all committed to raising awareness and support for the charity.  By promoting Cerebra at exhibitions and events Christine has already reached hundreds of people and raised important funds for Cerebra in her first year of supporting the charity and hopes to expand even further in the coming years.

Christine is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“Christine has shown great initiative in helping a fantastic charity to raise awareness and funding for its work in London. Cerebra is a lifeline for many children and young people with neurological conditions and their families.  By inspiring others to give their time and money, Christine has helped Cerebra to support even more young people, and she thoroughly deserves to be recognised as a Point of Light.”

Christine said:

“I am extremely humbled yet incredibly proud to accept this significant award on behalf of Cerebra and its dedicated team of staff and volunteers. I am by no means the only person helping to get Cerebra’s London Minds group up and running and to raise awareness in the capital. I am part of a great team of people who are working hard to get the word out that Cerebra is there to provide help and support to children and their families whose lives have been affected by neurological conditions and to give them the opportunity to have a happier, more fulfilled and enjoyable life together.”

Sian Morgan head of Fundraising and PR at Cerebra said:

“We are delighted that Christine Bunting has been chosen to receive this prestigious award. She is such a passionate supporter of Cerebra’s work and has already done so much to help us raise the charity’s profile, communicate with new audiences and secure vital support in key areas. Her commitment, enthusiasm and determination make her a very worthy recipient of a Points of Light Award.”

Christine raised £3,500 for Cerebra through her skydive in the summer in addition to her work through the London Minds. Her colleagues at Hyphen Law are also proactively raising awareness and funds to support our work.

Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Point of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.

Christine completes skydive challenge

Christine Bunting jumping out of a plane

Christine Bunting jumping out of a plane

On 13th June, Christine Bunting of Hyphen Law did a sky dive in order to raise money for Cerebra.

Christine and Hyphen Law have been kind enough to help us in the past and when Corporate Development Officer Gareth Owens suggested that Christine throw herself out of a plane for us, she jumped at the chance!

“I had trained to jump solo many years ago but never managed it, being sabotaged by poor weather. What could be easier than diving with an experienced instructor who would be doing all the work?” Christine told us.

On the day of the jump, low cloud threatened to force the skydivers to postpone but it soon cleared to reveal a bright, clear day and perfect jumping conditions.

Christine gave us her own account of the whole experience: “Nothing quite prepares you for that initial tumble through the hatch or the buffeting of the wind. The experience quickly became one of the most truly exhilarating of my life.

My tandem diver for the day was the reassuringly solid and encouraging Sgt Mark Scobie of the Red Devils who looked after me fantastically well, even taking time to point out views of interest on the way down!  I suppose that when you have jumped over 8,000 times things do take on a slightly different perspective! Once the parachute deployed things became a little quieter and a little slower but not slow enough because before I knew it all was over and after a surprisingly gracefully landing I had returned to terra firma.

Would I do it again? You bet I would and for Cerebra.  Thank you to Go SkyDive and Mark for looking after me and for Gareth for suggesting it.”

Christine has so far raised an incredible £2,880 for Cerebra and is still going! You can check her progress and donate through her Just Giving page. You can also watch a video of Christine’s jump here.

Everyone at Cerebra would like to say a huge thank you to Christine for all of her efforts and for being so willing to throw herself out of a plane to raise money for us!

If you think you have what it takes to join the elite Cerebra skydivers club or if you would just like to throw yourself out of a plane to raise money for us please contact Gareth Owens at [email protected]

Christine’s Skydive Challenge

Christine Bunting

Christine Bunting

There are lots of ways that our fundraisers help us to support children across the country but undoubtedly one of the bravest things that someone can do is skydive.

The latest person to be inducted into our very elite group of skydivers is Christine Bunting. Christine is Director of Deputyships at Hyphen Law, a firm who has a long standing relationship with Cerebra, having sponsored last year’s Cerebra annual research conference.

The firm has also helped to raise funds for Cerebra on many occasions, a tradition that Christine is proudly upholding.

“I am passionate about the work that Cerebra do and want to raise as much as I can to help purchase equipment for a special child in need,” Christine said.

Christine will be making the 15,000 ft jump on 13th June and is hoping to raise £4,000 for us through the challenge.

If you would like to support her, you can do so through her Just Giving page.