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I am co-CEO of Redington, we advise 10 of the top 25 pension funds in the UK and we are building Redington into a global force in the pensions industry. Our objective is to ensure the next generation can continue to be better off than the last.

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6th of November, 2012

The Future of Cancer Treatment, Catalyst Club Drinks Reception, 27th November 2012


The odds of becoming an astronaut – 1 in 13,200,000, the odds of getting struck by lightning – 1 in 576,000, the odds of getting stuck in a lift – 1 in 24,528, the odds of tripping while texting – 1 in 10, and the odds of developing cancer, 1 in 3.

We are at a turning point where cures for cancer are within our reach. Cancer Research UK have the knowledge and the technology to revolutionise the way cancer patients are treated, making personalised medicine a reality for all. Cancer treatment is no longer ‘one size fits all’ – with personalised medicine we will be able to offer the most effective treatment at the most effective time.

I have recently joined the Board of The Catalyst Club which aims to bring together sector leaders and pioneers who have the foresight to join us and bring about this revolution.

It would be great if you could join me, Cancer Research UK’s Chief Clinician, Professor Peter Johnson and acclaimed scientist Dr David Gonzalez de Castro on the evening of 27th November to find out how you can have a global impact on cancer survival.

For more details about the event, please click here.

 

 

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Categories:  Cancer Research UK Charity
4th of September, 2012

One small step for man, one giant leap for man’s kindness – Photos from the Shard


Below are some photos from my Leap from the Shard, which took place yesterday in aid of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF) and the Outward Bound Trust. A big thank you to everybody who donated!

Before the Descent of the Shard I felt a mixture of fear and excitement. However I was determined not to let the fear creep into my mind and just repeat the preparation and training from the abseil practice last Friday. It was a case of “taking my bottle in my hand and just jumping!” After the abseil down 67 floors of the Shard I felt incredible. It was an unbelievably unique experience.

Commando Spirit and The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund make a tremendous difference to the Royal Marines and their families. Commando Spirit involves setting tough fund raising goals and once-in-a-lifetime challenges such as “Descent of the Shard” and “Escape the Dunker” to raise life-changing funds for our Royal Marines and their families in need.

A special thanks must go to the incredible team and teamwork that made this happen. The staff at Outward Bound and Commando Spirit, the Sellar Property Group and all the staff at the Shard. However the silent heroes who made it all happen safely and on time were the Royal Marines Display Team, The Outward Bound Mountain Leaders and the guys from ‘Hasler Company’ (injured and recovering Royal Marines).

I have raised 59% of my £25,000 target, all sponsorship is gratefully appreciated! Thank you!

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Making a bolt for the Shard

View from the top (guests)

View from the top (abseilers)

Descending the Shard

The final descent

Mission complete!

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24th of July, 2012

Leap, and the net will appear


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Or, if you’re leaping off the Shard, perhaps it won’t.

On September 3rd this year I’ll be taking part in TheLeap, a challenge involving abseiling at high speeds down the newly opened Shard, the highest building in Europe, in the style of a Royal Marine. This is the second in a series of Commando missions organised by the charity CommandoSpirit, which invites high flying business types (their words not mine) to move way outside their comfort zones, and push themselves to the very limits, while raising money for the RoyalMarinesCharitableTrustFund. The RMCTF supports Royal Marines, ex-Marines, and their families after injury, trauma and death. Sometimes the support this charity provides is helping marines recover from physical injuries and trauma, while sometimes it’s financial aid for the families of those who die in active service. Either way, this is a charity that helps those who put their lives on the line for us. A pretty good cause, by all accounts.

 

Last year, I completed theDunker, another of the Commando missions involving the underwater escape from a simulation of a helicopter crash at sea. It may have been out of pity or as a contingent funeral fund, but my friends, colleagues and family helped me surpass my £10k target and raise an admirable £11,000. This year, I’ve set myself the lofty goal of raising £25,000 by doing TheLeap.

There’s something fascinating about the extreme physical and psychological capabilities of men; where are our limits? And what happens if we push them? Not many of us ever get the opportunity to really test our own, but here’s a man who has: PeteGossis an ex-marine, world-renowned sailor, and general limit-pusher. He’s probably best known for his impromptu detour from a solo round-the-world yacht race in 1996, in which he turned his vessel around and sailed it back into the eye of the storm to rescue a fellow sailor. And in 2008 he built a woodenlugger with no modern communication or navigation tools, and sailed it to Australia in celebration of the seven Cornishmen who made the same voyage 154 years ago. His heroism doesn’t cease at the physical, though.

Even considering the clear danger of appearing close enough to Pete for comparison, I asked him to help me fundraise for The Leap by speaking publicly about his adventures. I’m humbled that he accepted and I’m delighted to announce that he will be the keynote speaker at an extraordinary, one-time event on Thursday August 30th at Pinsent Masons’ offices in London.

Please support me (and my Leap) directly, by visiting www.justgiving.com/rob-gardner6

and donating generously to help me raise £25,000!

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29th of March, 2012

STEP OUT OF YOUR OFFICE AND TAKE THE LEAP!


“They put their lives on the line for us. And when our Royal Marines need help, we want to ensure they get it. Take on a Commando Spirit Challenge!” – @CdoSpirit

Having walked away in one piece from last year’s exhilarating Dunker Challenge I am delighted to be part of Commando Spirit’s next fundraising challenge – Take The Leap, an eye-watering fast rope abseil from an iconic London landmark (and helicopters)!

High Flyers Wanted For Commando Mission

Bored of sitting in your office while the sun shines? Looking for a thrill that money just can’t buy? This could be it! There are a few remaining places for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Don’t worry about fitness or fear, every step of the way a Royal Marine will be there!

Your Mission, If You Choose To Accept It….

To help Commando Spirit succeed in their mission to raise £1 million for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

To achieve this, each participant is asked to raise £10,000 which will be used to aid the wounded, provide a quality of life to returning marines and, in the worst case, to support the families of those marines who do not make it back.

Why Did I Accept It (Again!)?

It is not just the adrenaline rush (although that is fantastic), nor indeed the money raised for an amazing cause – the camaraderie and training received from the Royal Marines turns this experience into something I will never forget, nor regret.

I would love it if you joined us for this amazing experience!

Further details on www.commandospirit.com , latest news on twitter.com/cdospirit

If you wish to sponsor me, please visit www.justgiving.com/Rob-Gardner6

Many thanks from me and all the other nutters people taking part

Rob

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2nd of January, 2012

2011 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 40 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Categories:  Charity Pensions Social Media
1st of December

Thank you for sponsoring me to “Escape the Dunker”


Thank you for sponsoring me to “Escape the Dunker” and helping me exceed my fund raising target and raise £11,000. It really means a lot to me and more importantly to the Royal Marines and their families. During 2012, 75% of serving Royal Marines will be deployed – more than ever before. They face great danger, risking injury and even death on behalf of their country. When our Royal Marine Commandos need help, Commando Spirit and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund will ensure they get it. Thank you for your very generous donation.

If you are interested in getting involved with Commando Spirit we are already looking for fellow fund raisers to take on next year’s challenge in the Commando Spirit series “The Leap”. Please get in touch if you fancy joining us.

Finally a brief video clip of me “Escaping the Dunker”

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11th of September, 2011

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One week to go until I take on the challenge of a lifetime. I am both excited and anxious about next Saturday’s trip to RNAS Yeovilton and “Escaping the Dunker”. A sincere thank you to those who have sponsored me so far – I will post the photos/videos next week. This next week I would be extremely grateful to anyone who can help me raise the final £3,600 to reach my £10,000 fund raising target. Please forward, share, RT on twitter to anyone who might be interested insupporting this cause.

What will I be doing on Saturday 17th September 2011?

Meet at RNAS Yeovilton followed by training at the Underwater Escape Training Unit. Then I will be strapped into a fuselage alongside my fellow Commando Spirit recruits and required to escape from a somewhat  frighteningly realistic simulation of a helicopter crash at sea, in the dark, upside down, using the correct procedure.  I’ve been assured it does not take physical strength – what it tests is courage, determination, fortitude and teamwork, as well as the ability to follow instructions and stay calm!

Why the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund?

The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund helps Royal Marines and their families when they need it most.

  1. They aid the wounded and injured.
  2. They give quality of life to those returning from operations.
  3. And when the worst happens, they support the families of those who die in service.

Many thanks from me, Commando Spirit (@CdoSpirit) and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

Rob

Thank you for everyone’s kind and gernerous support – Just Giving Page.

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22nd of May, 2011

Commando Spirit – Nothing Impossible!


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Commando Spirit

As you heard last week at the mallowstreet exchange I have volunteered to take on a challenge of a lifetime and face the formidable “Dunker” this September – A terrifying underwater escape exercise all Royal Marines face as part of their arduous training to gain their green beret.

I am asking you to do one or both of the following to support me and Commando Spirit in my efforts:

  • Donate Now. Visit my JustGiving page and make a (very) generous donation towards my £10,000 fund raising target and the Commando Spirit Series’ mission to help raise £6m by 2014 in order to help the Royal Marines in their time of need.
  • Escape the dunker with me at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton on Saturday the 17th September and help raise even more money to support our Royal Marines and their families in need. Register at Commando Spirit.
  • Excellent news – Mark Rowlinson (@markjrowlinson) has agreed to Escape the Dunker and I know a few others were very keen to join the action.   
  • A few photos taken by Bob Owen – Royal Marine photographer – on.fb.me/jK0j5d

So what will I be doing in September 2011?

Well, I will be trained at the Underwater Escape Training Unit and then I will be strapped into a fuselage and required to escape from a somewhat  frighteningly realistic simulation of a helicopter crash at sea, in the dark, upside down, using the correct procedure.  I’ve been assured it does not take physical strength – what it tests is courage, determination, fortitude and teamwork, as well as the ability to follow instructions and stay calm!

As Commando Spirit Ambassador and former Royal Marine says:

 “I vividly recall my first experience in the dunker – my racing heartbeat and clammy palms as the waters rose around me. Although 100% safe it is nonetheless a great test of mettle, and a life enhancing experience for those who take part. You’ll turn up trembling and swagger out beaming, ready to take on the world” 

Why the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund?

The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund helps Royal Marines and their families when they need it most.

  1. They aid the wounded and injured.
  2. They give quality of life to those returning from operations.
  3. And when the worst happens, they support the families of those who die in service.

The RMCTF has the widest purposes of almost any service charity – quite simply, the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund will help when others cannot.

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The Dunker
16th of January, 2011

Fund Raising 2011 – Nothing Impossible!


As you probably know I have taken on the challenge of raising £10,000 for the Royal Marines– a terrifying exercise all Royal Marines face as part of their arduous training to gain their green beret is the Dunker – a terrifyingly realistic simulation of a helicopter crash at sea, from which they must escape. For 2011, I will get the chance to experience the Dunker be tested against this ultimate challenge whilst helping Commando Spirit to raise £1million for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, which supports serving and former Royal Marines and their families. The Royal Marines have suffered more casualties than any other group in Afghanistan and over the next 18 months over 75% of the serving Corps will be deployed, the largest percentage in its history.

The Dunker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund?

The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund helps Royal Marines and their families when they need it most. They aid the wounded and injured. They give quality of life to those returning from operations. And when the worst happens, they support the families of those who die in service. The RMCTF has the widest purposes of almost any service charity – quite simply, the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund will help when others cannot.

Please support me in my fundraising by donating at my Just Giving Page.

Many thanks from me, Commando Spirit and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

Rob

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