Top Of The World

He did it!


Serve On International Response Team volunteer Simon Thomasson has climbed to the top of the world.

 Serve On volunteer Simon Thomasson at the peak of Everest, in a top paying tribute to the people of Virgin Gorda.

Serve On volunteer Simon Thomasson at the peak of Everest, in a top paying tribute to the people of Virgin Gorda.


He was in a team of six, with seven climbing Sherpas, which reached the peak of Everest.


Even as Simon sheltered from the wind, preparing to leave Camp 2 for the daunting climb to Camps 3 and 4 and then the final push to the summit, he was busy promoting the work of our incredible charity on his Facebook page (see his message here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/our-mans-everest-attempt-martin-phillips/)

We think you rock!


Then, in his moment of triumph, at the very zenith of the mountain, his thoughts were with the people of the British Virgin Islands who he and other Serve On IRT volunteers helped out in the wake of Hurricane Irma last September.


At the summit, Simon revealed under his jacket a top emblazoned with a logo for the Virgin Gorda Recovery Operation Centre (VGROC).

 Serve On International Response Team member Simon Thomasson with Team Rubicon UK volunteers cutting a route to the top of Gorda Peak after Hurricane Irma.

Serve On International Response Team member Simon Thomasson with Team Rubicon UK volunteers cutting a route to the top of Gorda Peak after Hurricane Irma.


Back in September, telecoms expert Simon, aided by members of Team Rubicon UK, cut a path to the top of Gorda Peak, the highest point on Virgin Gorda, to secure a site for a radio repeater station.


Serve On continues to work towards setting up emergency communications facilities for the island in the event of future hurricanes, but having returned from the Caribbean, Simon was already getting ready to achieve a long-held ambition – to climb Everest.

 Three Simons. Simon Fox, PC Simon and our Simon at VG Recovery base last September.

Three Simons. Simon Fox, PC Simon and our Simon at VG Recovery base last September.

His exploits were followed closely on Virgin Gorda and the Fox family, key members of the VGROC, posted: “We’ve been reading your Facebook page and the kids think you rock! Thank you and the rest of the team for helping us through our recovery from Irma.”

Having succeeded in conquering Everest, and returned safely to Base Camp, Simon replied: “Gorda peak to Everest peak. Still think about what you guys went through but was amazed at how you came together as a community to start the recovery. This one is for all you guys at VGROC and all the volunteers who helped out around the islands. Respect.”

Simon’s family were just as proud and Brenda Thomasson wrote to the Serve On page:  “It’s what he does within this charity that makes me proud of him, climbing Everest is just a big bonus.”

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