Mount Kilimanjaro was the second big climb I have undertaken with Advocate Events and it was fantastic in every way. It was well organised and well communicated from start to finish and the team were great fun, very supportive and very professional. Kilimanjaro was one of the best experiences of my life and I can't thank Martyn enough for making it happen and keeping our spirits up along the way. It was so good that we are already planning our next mountain..!"
Alex Virley (Kili Team) 2015)
Initially I was terrified at the thought of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, but with all the hard work, logistical planning and patience shown by Advocate Events it became one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life. I've never felt a greater sense of achievement - everyone stuck together and made sure I made it to the top! Advocate Events are friendly, fun, kind and very professional, I will always be thankful to them and Martyn (who climbed with me) for this extraordinary adventure!"
Jess Impiazzi (Kili 2015 Team)
5 Peaks Testimonial – BNP Paribas Real Estate For our 2015 charity challenge on behalf of Alzheimer’s Society we decided we needed to push the boundaries in order to get people’s attention and importantly their money! The 5 Peaks Challenge was our goal (the standard ‘3 Peaks’ + Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland and Carrauntoohil in Ireland all in 48 hours). We decided we needed some help because this was a) a logistical nightmare b) looked quite hard. This is where Advocate Events came in. We met with Martyn and his enthusiasm for our madness and passion to help us came across immediately. Advocate were on board and immediately felt part of our team. The BNP Paribas Real Estate team was 17 people of, let’s say, mixed ability, age and sex but all were up for the challenge. The event itself took place in early September. We met Martyn and the team in the glamorous surrounding of Uxbridge tube station and from then on we were in their hands – all we had to do was walk, eat and (very occasionally) sleep. Everything else had been thought through by Advocate and taken care of. The value of this cannot be underestimated when you are tired, hungry and disorientated in the middle of the night! Martyn’s military planning of the event was evident from the off and the phrase ’15 minutes and we leave’ soon produced an automatic Pavlovian response from our increasingly weary team. With Advocate’s help we completed the challenge in under 48 hours, raised over £35K for Alzheimer’s (and as a bonus beat the previous record holder to boot!). We simply could not have asked for better organisation, mountain guides or companions on what proved to be a hugely challenging but massively rewarding event. Martyn and his team also valiantly joined us on the 6th Peak (the celebration night out in Dublin) and put in a pretty good performance! We are now in the process of planning our even tougher 2016 event with the Advocate team and I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone considering this type of challenge. They were faultless and fun!
Annette, The Mount Kinabalu Challenge, October 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed the Ben Nevis challenge I undertook with Advocate Events. Having climbed with them before, I was aware of their high standards of organisation, safety and creating a truly enjoyable experience. I was not disappointed this time. Jo is amazing in her attention to detail in the organisation of the trips and her communication in responding to queries. Martyn and Rob support and encourage everyone during the climb and Martyn's passion and enthusiasm is infectious. I felt safe and well cared for throughout the experience. I would recommend them to anyone considering undertaking a challenge for charity.
Hannah Wilson, The Olive Tree Ben Nevis Challenge, September 4, 2014
We recently did the 3 Peaks Challenge with Advocate Events and can’t speak highly enough of the way in which the whole operation was organised prior to the event and during the event. Martyn and Jo were always on call to answer any questions and covered absolutely everything to make sure that everything went smoothly. The event itself was an incredible experience and with 29 of us taking part that takes some organising! However, due to the way in which the event had been run, the professionalism and at the same time the fun created by the mountain leaders, made the whole thing an experience never to forget. Not only did we all manage to raise a lot of money for our chosen charity but the whole challenge was also a great team building exercise, getting people from different parts of our business pulling together and the team spirit that was generated was fantastic. Therefore, if you were thinking of taking on such a challenge I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the team at Advocate Events.
James Evans, The Ruxley Manor Garden Centre Three Peaks Challenge, September 16 –18, 2014
When I signed up for the Surrey Three Peaks Martyn & Joanna were more than happy to deal with my many email questions promptly & clearly knew what they were talking about. We had been well informed in advance with a suggested kit list, emergency contact numbers of Advocate Events staff, a few training ideas, ordinance survey map & written directions - which, if I could follow them & end up in the right place, proved to be idiot proof..! The whole day was great, it was well prepared, well managed & well marshalled. With an experienced marshal at the front & the back of each group it was reassuring to know there was always someone nearby. There were water points along the tried & tested route & marshals were set at busy road crossings to ensure our safety. I would highly recommend an Advocate Events led event to anyone who is tempted. Martyn, Joanna & the whole team are friendly, experienced, enthusiastic & reassuring from start to finish.
Helen Enright, The GUTS Surrey Three Peaks Challenge, August 16, 2014
As our Five Peaks Challenge was the first of its kind that Advocate would be organising, I was a little anxious about it going to plan, due to the added complexity of a sea crossing and travelling virtually the length of two islands in the space of 48 hours. I needn’t have worried! With the Advocate team’s meticulous attention to detail and keeping us all informed at every stage of the planning and fundraising process, we arrived at the start line in Snowdonia confident and in great order. From there it was the small matter of conquering the Five Peaks – and this is where Advocate really comes into its own. Martyn and the Advocate MLs live the event with you every step of the way, nothing is too much trouble and their expertise allows you to concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other and getting up those mountains! We endured some horrendous conditions over the two days and the team’s ability to keep collective spirits up should not be underestimated. And when we finally came off the final peak, no-one was more pleased for us than Martyn and the MLs – this is Advocate’s greatest strength – they don’t just successfully manage events, they become part of your team and really make it an experience to remember. Advocate are helping me plan a bigger and bolder expedition for the coming year and I have no doubt it will be a first class event and I would recommend to anyone thinking about undertaking an event – don’t look any further than Advocate Events.
Kevin Gartside, Barclays Five Peaks Challenge, July, 2014
Working alongside Advocate for the best part of 6 months was all I could hope for, and some! They are responsive, organised and diligent. Their flexibility and adaptability is second to none and they have the client’s interest at the forefront of their decisions. Overall Joanna, Paul and the team make a fantastic partnership and I would highly recommend them to anyone. Thank you for an incredible 3 Peaks Challenge and all of us look forward to working with you again in the future!
Oli Holland, The AMS Tomorrow’s People Three Peaks Challenge, May 24 - 26, 2014
As the Head Goat, getting on and experiencing the actual event was the highlight after so much planning and fundraising. Everything went extremely well, Advocate Events made the whole experience very enjoyable and pain free! Martyn was great, he put up with our music and awful singing! He kept us up to date with timings and gave us a great sense of achievement after each mountain. Terry was a fantastic Mountain Leader. He worked out our pace and how much he could push us to kept us in time, we were all able to chat throughout keeping the team focused but also have fun. The trip from start to finish all awesome!.
Sarah Ball, The Mountain Goats Three Peak Challenge for Orpheus, May 2014
Advocate Events are a fantastic team who are organised, professional, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. They will endeavour to ensure your trek is successful, safe and enjoyable. My cousin was thoughtful to arrange a trek for my 40th Birthday, since I enjoy undertaking extreme challenges! So she approached Advocate Events, who were amazingly helpful and encouraging. I would like to thank Martyn, Joanna and Terry. You all did an amazing job to ensure we had the most fantastic experience, nothing is too much trouble - from talking through the details of the challenge to organising the accommodation and transport to support with fundraising in association with momentum. I would also like to say thank you to Kate and her team at Momentum for their outstanding encouragement and motivation and organisational skills, you all did a fantastic job. This was our first trek and I can certainly say it won’t be the last, the experience has certainly been inspirational! So watch this space Advocates, Samira and I will be back for more challenges in 2015. Thank you and well done to an amazingly professional team!
Shahina Choglay - Snowdonia April 2014 Fundraising for Momentum
When it came to choosing the right challenge and choosing the right organisation Advocate Events ticked both boxes. I knew they were the ones to make this special adventure happen and they were amazing. This was not only a charity event which I wanted to do with my cousin, but a birthday treat for my cousin too as she loves a good adventure. Advocate events made this special moment happen They were highly professional, experienced to work with and met my needs all the way. Special praise must be given to Jo and Martyn on organising the trek itself who went out of their way to make the trek as smooth as possible from start to finish with good advice, preparation and a good laugh. Here's to the next incredible adventure!
Samira, Snowdon Challenge, April 2014
I would definitely recommend Advocate Events. I felt in safe hands with people who were experienced, safety conscious, and yet good fun to be with.
Hannah Wilson, The Olive Tree Snowdon Challenge - October 30, 2013
Thanks Advocate Events, we had a fabulous time and were so well looked after by Martyn and Terry. It was a big challenge but hugely rewarding and I know I speak for Larraine when I say that she was euphoric, relieved, emotional and very, very happy to have got to the top and down again safely. BRILLIANT!!
Caroline Perkins, SAVI Snowdon Challenge, October 21, 2013
Had a fantastic time climbing the three peaks in 24 hours with advocate events. Really very pleased with our achievement and would not be impossible if you tried the event by ourselves and without expert knowledge and support provided. Really is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement, so much so we will do it again!!!.
Mr Simon Cripps, Croydon – October 2013
Thanks a lot for all your help with everything in the challenge. You organised everything extremely well and made me feel so at ease with all the arrangements. It was all so efficient and I know it must have been frustrating chasing me for replies! You have a lot of patience :) please pass my thanks on to Martyn and Terry who was also superb!
Joe Sheerer, Tomorrow’s People Three Peaks Challenge, September 19, 2013
Thank you! I had a truly fantastic time and met lovely people. Advocate Events really did look after us amazingly well; Martyn and Terry made the trip a really enjoyable experience. I'm thrilled with the funding we've raised and proud to support Tomorrow's People. Thank you for your support
Stuart Green, Tomorrow's People Three Peaks Challenge, September 18, 2013
Thank you so much for the 3-peak challenge. It was a pleasure meeting you both, and Martyn fantastic getting to know you over the course of the event. It was a special few days, made all the more so for the fantastic organisation and speedy driving!
Matthijs Ford, The AON Harrison’s Fund Three Peaks Challenge, July 2, 2013
A big thank you to Advocate Events for all your wonderful organisation and behind the scenes help for the Orpheus Snowdon Climb. Everything was very efficiently handled and it was lovely to be in such capable hands.
Caroline Pedley, The Orpheus Snowdon Climb, May 28, 2013
I felt relaxed from first sightings of both Terry and Martyn who are both warm personalities and have the knack of calming nerves quickly.
They met the challenge of coping with us "twins" very well and made us feel special at all times. They were both proper "gentlemen" - giving us helping hands when needed whether it was over boulders or lifting our bags.
I was touched by Martyn’s “caring" skills e.g. opening our hotel bedroom door when silly me couldn't manage it and running back into the supermarket on my behalf for forks for my pasta! Terry went the "second mile" to help my Sister towards the end of the climb up Snowdon and I can still hear his voice - "Push for the Top"..
Jeanette Cattermole, Three Peaks Challenge, May 20, 2013
Thank you for all you did to ensure that our Orpheus Snowdon Challenge went so smoothly and was so enjoyable. I was really impressed with how well organised everything was from start to finish. We had such a great experience which we will remember for a long time.
We were made to feel very comfortable and welcome right from the start on a miserable cold, wet early Friday morning. Martyn put us at ease straight away and even the long journey down was enjoyable especially when you allowed us to stop and stock up at the services!
I was very impressed with the two guides and your colleague (Darren) who were all so helpful and friendly throughout the climb. I was particularly impressed with how lovely everyone was with my 10 year old daughter - making her feel extra special and keeping up her spirits when she was tiring towards the end.
I would highly recommend your Advocate Events to others who might be considering doing something similar.
Sarah Coop, The Orpheus Snowdon Challenge, May 18, 2013
I find it hard to adequately express how overwhelmed my sister and I were to have the privilege of undertaking the 3-Peak challenge with 2 quality men like Terry and Martyn. Martyn is such a genuine character and his warmth, response to need and individual care enabled us both to not only complete the challenge but to even enjoy it. Terry enabled us to feel secure and safe at all times and knew how to empower us and encourage us when we felt our legs wouldn’t hold up any more. What a team and what an event. I would thoroughly recommend this company and all its staff.
Annette Chilton, Three Peaks Challenge, May 19, 2013
Martyn recently organised an event for Challengers that myself and my team participated in. The event was climbing Mt Snowdon and having never undertaken something like this previously we were unsure what to expect. The climb itself was difficult due to weather conditions but Martyn and his mountain guide Terry were exceptional. Patient, encouraging, motivational and ensuring our safety at all times they made sure we completed the challenge and were incredibly personable and professional throughout. Whilst I dont know what the next event will be I do know that I would only ever use Advocate Events to organise it. If you are looking for someone dedicated and enthusiastic with knowledge and commitment then I cannot recommend them enough.
Caterina Glenn-Russo, Director at Howett Thorpe Financial Recruitment Consultants - May 10, 2013
Thanks so much for all the assistance and help you’ve provided to help us get up those hills – it was emotional, but very rewarding (although, if I never see Scafell Pike again, it’ll be too soon!).
Kevin Gartside, Barclays Three Peaks Challenge, April 30, 2013
Martyn was the organiser of the Three Peaks Challenge that I took part in during May 2012.
He was a brilliant organiser - friendly and professional from the first day and I felt in safe hands when I undertook the challenge in May. Advocate Events is definitely a company that I will go back to in the future!
Lara B Hewitt, April 24, 2013
My son William and I recently undertook the 3 Peaks Challenge with some work colleagues of mine which was organised by Martyn through his company Advocate Events. Martyn partners with charities to organise fundraising events for them. Morrisons is a member of Disability Challengers Business Club and the idea of entering a team for the 3 Peaks Challenge came about at one of the Business Club meetings. That is when we were introduced to Martyn. Through his enthusiasm a group of us from Morrisons decided to take up the Challenge to raise money for Disability Challengers.
It was 3 months from the initial meeting with Martyn to participating in the event. William and I had a fantastic time, in no small part due to Martyn's good humour, attention to detail and encouragement when it was needed (which was a lot in my case close to the end in conquering Snowdon when every step was an effort!). Martyn is very ably assisted by his wife Jo who deals with the admin aspects and they clearly make a good team, ensuring the smooth running of the events they are organising. Martyn also partners with a great Mountain Leader/Guide, Davie Robb, who helped us through some very difficult conditions (in particular a blizzard on Ben Nevis).
Both William and I came away very keen to undertake another challenge in the future with Advocate Events after an exhausting but immensely rewarding weekend.
Thank you so much Martyn, Jo and Davie!
Jeremy Jupp, Morrisons Solicitors, Equity Partner - May 22, 2012
I loved every minute of it, you were very helpful with everything and I would definitely do it all over again. We were taken care of, we had great fun and even though I met everybody on the day, I felt like I got to know them really quickly. Advocate Events is a fantastic company, you guys have fantastic communication skills and I felt like I was fully involved with everything at every step
Lara Hewitt, Sailsbury - May 21, 2012
I recently had the fantastic opportunity to participate in the national 3 Peaks Challenge with Advocate Events whilst fundraising for Disability Challengers. The level of support during both the preparation stages and the challenge itself was absolutely superb and there was nothing that Martyn and his colleagues hadn't thought of. The only thing I had to worry about was putting one foot in front of the other!
Both Martyn and our mountain guide (Davie Robb) were incredibly knowledgeable and I felt in very safe hands throughout despite some extreme adverse weather conditions on each mountain. I would thoroughly recommend Martyn and everyone at Advocate Events to provide a successful and truly enjoyable adventure!
Charlotte Brett, Morrisons Solicitors, Corporate and Commercial Paralegal - May 17, 2012
Thank you for arraigning a wonderful event
Mrs C Gosland, Bath – May 17, 2012
Thank you for a lovely walk
Ms M Love, Coulsdon – May 22, 2012
Martyn organised our 'Three Peaks' event with personality and panache. Every detail considered and managed with expertise - a seamless service and all with calm authority and humour, even when circumstance conspired against him! I would thoroughly recommend him.
Kathleen Tong, Human Resources Professional - July 5, 2011