What is it that drives some people to go far beyond what they think they’re capable of, even against seemingly insurmountable odds?
Who better to ask than Aberdeen-based surgeon and rugby medic, Lou McCullough — the first woman to triumph on Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins reality show?
She was one of a number of contestants faced with tremendously demanding physical and mental challenges in the harsh conditions of the Chilean Andes, concluding with an 18-hour interrogation.
And next week she’s taking part in an event in Aberdeen hosted by Ledingham Chalmers to help raise money for Charlie House as part of the organisation’s Venture 2019 challenge.
Charlie House is a local children’s charity that supports babies, children and young people with complex disabilities and life limiting conditions. This challenge sees teams, including the full-service law firm’s LEDS Factor, compete against each other to turn an initial £100 gift from their employers into as much cash as possible for the charity.
The event takes place at Ledingham Chalmers’ Aberdeen office in the city’s Rose Street on Tuesday, March 12, from 6pm to 9pm.
All money raised will go directly to the Big Build appeal for a specialist support centre built in the grounds of Woodend Hospital in the city, and the eight-week challenge culminates in an awards ceremony at the Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel on Thursday, March 28.
Ledingham Chalmers' chairman and partner, Jennifer Young, said: “Our project is around the theme of 'out of the comfort zone', setting ourselves weekly challenges in return for donations for this magnificent cause. Setting the scene is this evening of inspiring chat with Lou.
“And as an added incentive — if one were needed — talented local firm PLATTER is catering this event for us. All we ask in return is a minimum £20 donation using the LEDS Factor JustGiving page.”
Places for the event are limited. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org and log on to the team’s JustGiving page to make a donation.