David Tait, an NSPCC Trustee and one of the charity’s most inspiring fundraisers, is on his way back from his attempt to climb K2 for the first time, unfortunately cut short due to safety reason. Having climbed Mt. Everest 5 times previously for the NSPCC, David embodies everything you would expect from a fundraising hero: spirit, tenacity and a desire to test the limits. But unfortunately, this has not always been the case. David suffered sexual abuse as a child at the hands of a family friend. His abuser threatened David, leaving him too terrified to tell anyone what had happened. He spent many years not understanding what had occurred, at great cost to himself and those around him.
“It was this suffering that helped push me to try to excel in whatever I do, to want to reach greater and greater achievements.”
His experiences drove him to be the first person ever to complete the North-South traverse of Everest in 2007. David’s resolve to make a difference comes from knowing that, had he received help at an earlier age, he would not have suffered as much. Consequently, David is absolutely determined to make the future better for children.
David has raised over £1,000,000 from his previous climbs, and is aiming for a single target of £1,000,000 for the 2015 K2 mission… As a long-time supporter and child abuse survivor, David is determined to make sure we reach as many children as possible through our work.
David's climbs are entirely self-funded, with money raised from his K2 climb going toward our Schools Service, which has now reached over 1 million children in primary schools across the UK.
For David, it's worth the pain of revisiting his past if it means that people understand just how destructive sexual abuse is. Managing Director of Credit Suisse David Tait said:
"My K2 expedition is for every child who's suffered abuse and neglect - each step I take will be for them. When I was growing up, there was no such thing as ChildLine. I had no help for 30 years.
"Through the Schools Service, the NSPCC is doing some great work, making sure children know what abuse is and where they can turn for help if they need it. That's what pushes me on at the lowest points on my expeditions. The thought of abused children just like me getting the help they need thanks to the NSPCC." Watch David share his story here.