Timber company James Jones & SonsLtd hosted a visit to its Lockerbie sawmill from members of the Walking With The Wounded charity and has become a sponsor of the charitiy’s next expedition.
This aims to take at least five wounded soldiers to the summit of Mount Everest.
Two members of the Everest Expedition team, Martin Hewitt and David Wiseman, visited James Jones & Sons Ltd to discuss the Everest trek and to learn more about industry in general, and the forestry and sawmill sector in particular.
Tom Bruce-Jones, Joint Managing Director of James Jones & Sons Ltd, said: “We were delighted to host the visit of these courageous injured servicemen and to provide an overview of our sawmill operations at Lockerbie, while answering questions about careers in the sector. We learned about the nature of the servicemen’s injuries, and Martin provided a real insight into his participation on the North Pole Expedition.
“The next expedition, a climb to the top of Everest, represents a massive new challenge and we are delighted to be sponsoring the team, as well as helping raise their profile with other companies within the sector, to maximise fundraising and awareness.”
The Walking with the Wounded team from the last expedition included Guy Disney, Simon Daglish, Edward Parker, Jaco Van Gass, Martin Hewitt, Steven Young, Inge Solheim, Henry Cookson and charity patron HRH Prince Harry.