Andy is a 50-year-old Yeoman Warder (Beefeater) at the Tower of London and lives with his wife Maxine and their two children Rebecca (21) and Luke (19) in the Tower itself.
He grew up in Deal, Kent and at 17 became a Royal Marines Commando, serving for 25 years conducting operations all over the World including Northern Ireland, Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in March 2016, Andy is determined not to let this condition define him or prevent him from doing the things he loves. “One of the aims of climbing this mountain is to show other MS sufferers that MS doesn’t have to stop you achieving your goals”.
Luke is the 19-year-old son of Andy and lives in the Tower of London with his parents and sister. He currently works in a busy City pub in the Square Mile but his heart is in the mountains.
In January 2017, Luke begins a 13-week intensive ski instructor’s course in Banff, Canada, and intends to pursue this as a career. Luke jumped at the chance of joining his Dad on this climb, the second high mountain they have climbed together. When he was 13 they scaled Mt Kinabalu in Borneo.
49-year-old Simon is Andy’s younger brother and still lives in Deal, Kent. He too served as a Royal Marines Commando and completed operations in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo.
Since leaving the Royal Marines Simon has worked exclusively in the security industry spending much of his time in Iraq and latterly in the maritime security sector.
Simon has also worked for the United Nations and is looking forward to the challenge of scaling Europe’s highest peak.
David (Mack) McCullough is a 51-year-old former public sector employee, married to Karen and has a 4-year-old son, Matthew.
He worked for 23 years before being diagnosed with MS, which ended his career. Since then he has travelled around Europe twice in a campervan and has just finished project managing a new house build that was specifically designed to take account of his MS.
Climbing Mont Blanc will be a tough challenge having lived with MS for the past nine years. However, he is approaching it with the right mental attitude and a ‘fear of failure’!!!
Phil is 45 and lives with his wife Vanessa and two children Charlie and Ethan in Chamonix Mont Blanc. After growing up in Runcorn, Cheshire Phil made his way to Lympstone Commando and joined the Royal Marines Commandos. While serving in the Marines Phil met and became great friends with Andy and worked together on numerous deployments and postings.
After leaving the Marines, Phil kept travelling the World working in industries as diverse as commercial diving, rope access climbing and the Ninja Warrior TV show to name a few. He has also taken part in some expeditions including rowing the Atlantic, kayaking the Yukon River and running the Grand 2 Grand Ultra race.
Phil, or “Nobby” as he is better known to his friends, is a 48-year-old Police Officer serving the county of Gloucestershire.
Phil lives in the shadow of the Malvern Hills and maintains a love of the outdoors; which was garnered during a full career in the Royal Marines Commandos serving alongside Andy.
With or without his coveted Green Beret, Nobby has travelled around the world and is a qualified mountaineering and skiing instructor.