Fountain fundraises on top of the world

7 August 2012

In celebration of Henshaws 175th anniversary, Yorkshire –based explorer and fundraiser Richard Fountain will travel to the furthest point from the Earth’s centre to raise money for Henshaws Society for Blind People.

Chimborazo volcano peaks at 6310 metres, but due to the bulge at the equator, it is considered the closest place to the stars: the Top of the World. Spanning vast continents however is not enough of a challenge for Richard, who has decided to travel using ‘surface only transportation’ (no flying). He will sail from Europe to West Africa, onwards to Brazil, down the coast to Buenos Aires and up through the continent to Chimborazo volcano in Ecuador.

Richard Fountain said:

I’m hoping to complete the challenge within 3 months throughout the autumn. I’ll be tweeting and blogging about my adventure, and uploading pictures and video-clips to my website

Richard began working for Henshaws 22 years ago. Henshaws works with people affected by visual impairment and other disabilities across the North of England, including local community housing services, a specialist further-education college in Harrogate, and the Knaresborough-based Arts & Crafts Centre.


Richard Fountain’s plans to reach the furthest point from the earth’s centre
Richard Fountain’s plans to reach the furthest point from the earth’s centre


People can follow Richard’s journey on the site, donate money, and find out more about the great work that Henshaws does. He will also be interacting with students of Henshaws College in Harrogate during his travels via social media networks Twitter and Facebook, as well as through

Nicki Eyre, Managing Director of Education and Training at Henshaws Society for Blind People said:

Richard has always been an amazing support for the work we do, from travelling continents to bungee-jumps. We’re looking forward to hearing about his adventures.

The trip will be completely self-funded so all donations will go directly to Henshaws.


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