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Nationwide Manager seeks to scale ‘Mt Everest.’

Jasmin [Jazz] Silk-Reeves, personal banking manager at Nationwide Bath, is to climb up and down the height of Mount Everest using just a stepper and grit determination. The challenge, which will see Jazz tackling a massive 115,000 steps on her indoor stepper in the bank’s branch on Union Street, seeks to raise money for Julian House to support their life saving work with people experiencing homelessness.

Jazz is no stranger to climbing mountains, after taking on the charity’s Kilimanjaro Challenge in February. However, climbing a mountain on a stepper is incredibly different. Starting 17th August, the challenge will see Jazz stepping every day whilst the store is open over the course of two weeks.

Of the challenge, she said: “I’m so delighted that I am able to support Julian House with fundraising again. After climbing Kilimanjaro back in February, it only felt right to go bigger this time. With the current circumstances, I will be completing the steps up Everest from the safety of our branch We love the work that Julian House does to support the homeless here in Bath. Their work makes a real difference to the community.”

Jess Gay, Senior Community & Events Fundraiser at Julian House added: “This is an amazing challenge which will take a lot of determination on Jazz’s behalf. I imagine stepping will get extremely tiering and tedious, so I hope a lot of community will come out to support her and donate in store or to her Just Giving Page. Due to the Coronavirus, the cancellation/postponement of our fundraising events and the initial closure of all our charity shops and bike shops, has meant we’ve predicted an income loss of at least £200,000. The money Jazz will raise will be used to help fund our services, like our hostel, domestic abuse refuge and outreach, so we can continue supporting very vulnerable people at this difficult time.”

Help Jazz reach her £2000 target by donating here or visiting and donating in branch, 21-22 Union Street, Bath. Every pound and penny helps: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jazzupeverest