World-leading mountaineer, Kenton Cool, summits Everest for 17th time for Leuchie House

Kenton Cool, one of the world’s leading mountaineers and adventurers, has summited Mount Everest for the 17th time in support of independent charity, Leuchie House. This is a national charity supporting people living with neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease, via respite breaks and other services.

Wearing a sponsored Leuchie House T-shirt signed by a number of celebrities, Kenton set out from basecamp on 12th May and climbed for a gruelling five days before reaching Everest’s peak for the 17th time on the 17th May.

Kenton was the keynote speaker at last year’s inaugural Leuchie Long Lunch, a business lunch aimed at raising awareness and vital funds for Leuchie, which achieved an impressive total of £125,000.

Kenton will be passing over the guest speaker baton for this year’s Long Lunch to Aldo Kane, ex-commando and adventurer. This will be held at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh on Friday 24th November with BBC TV presenter, Natasha Raskin Sharp, returning as host. Providing the laughter will be Ireland’s finest hip-hop musical comedian, Rob Broderick, a.k.a Abandoman.

Commenting on his recent climb, Kenton Cool said:

“I have so much admiration for everyone involved with Leuchie House. The strength, teamwork and resilience of the guests, volunteers, supporters and staff is an inspiration. The work they do makes my job of climbing Everest look very simple and it was an honour to take a piece of Leuchie to Everest’s summit.”

Aldo Kane comments:

“I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences at this year’s Long Lunch, in aid of such a worthy charity. And being a competitive person, I obviously want to try and top last year’s fund raising total!”

Lana Bambridge, Director of Income & Communications at Leuchie House, said,

“We would have never imagined a fundraising event would lead to Leuchie’s logo summiting Everest and can’t wait to see what this year’s speakers have in store for us.”

To find out more about this year’s Long Lunch event and purchase tickets, go to:


Notes to Editors:

About Leuchie House

  • Leuchie House is an independent charity which relies on donations to provide its services
  • Leuchie House is Scotland’s only dedicated respite charity delivering individualised respite breaks for people living with the long term effects of a range of neurological conditions, and essential breaks for carers.
  • Leuchie House provides four, seven and 11 night breaks for people from across Scotland and beyond who are living with long term conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease, Cerebral Palsy and Stroke.
  • More information on Leuchie House is available at

For further information please contact Lana Bambridge on 01620892864 or