Philanthropist of the month - Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

25 January 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Born on 7 March 1944, Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE has lived an eventful life. Son of a commanding officer in the Royal Scots Greys and with an ancestor who served as commander of the Norman army at Hastings, former soldier Fiennes has demonstrated the same traits of courage, humility and resilience as his forebears throughout his life as a renowned explorer and adventurer.

A self professed ‘exploration-driven person’ who acknowledges the paradigm of cause and effect, Fiennes has satisfied many of his personal aspirations but also contributed enormously to the work of charities. After his first failed attempt at Everest, the result of a bout of vertigo, supported by a persistent mountaineering guide, Fiennes achieved success in his third attempt at Everest in 2009. In doing so, he became the oldest man to conquer Everest, earning himself a place in the Guinness Book of Records and a reputation as the modern world’s greatest explorer’.

His exploration efforts have also allowed him to reach the summit of the country’s celebrity fundraiser listings according to a recent survey featured on – leaving the likes of Dragons' Den guru Peter Jones, rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio and singer Katherine Jenkins behind him on the mountain slopes. Having raised millions for charities through Land Rover 7x7x7 Challenge and the notoriously dangerous Eiger Challenge for the British Heart Foundation and Marie Curie Cancer Care, Fiennes is a true inspiration for daring donors.

For what it’s worth Fiennes was also appointed as chief motivational speaker for IBM New York ”Òpicked from a field of 700 candidates. It goes to show that action and words are not incompatible.

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