City banker and child abuse survivor climbs K2 to raise £1m

Long-time supporter David Tait takes on "The Savage Mountain"

David TaitDavid Tait, a Managing Director of Credit Suisse, will tomorrow (13 June) embark on his most dangerous expedition to date in hope of raising £1m to support our fight against child abuse.

David, 53, has climbed Mount Everest 5 times raising almost £1m in total, but he has raised the bar and the level of risk by taking on K2 - "The Savage Mountain".

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 almost 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. 

Expedition facts

  • David expects to reach the summit of K2 towards the end of July 2015
  • he expects to return to the UK mid-August
  • at 8,611m, K2 may be the world's second tallest mountain after Everest, but it's regarded as more deadly
  • since 1954, when K2 was first conquered, less than 400 people have reached the summit compared to more than 4,000 who have conquered Everest, and the mountain claims a life for every 4 who reach the summit
  • David will be filming his expedition using hand-held cameras for a documentary to air on the Discovery Channel later this year

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."

NSPCC CEO Peter Wanless said:

"David's fundraising for us has already made such a huge difference for children over the years.

"He's a real inspiration and we'll be with him every step of the way."