Brendan joined the Royal Marines at the age of 19. After successfully completing 30 weeks training he then served at 40 Commando where he was deployed on operational duties in Northern Ireland and The Adriatic. Other deployments included desert training in Oman and arctic warfare training in Norway.
Whilst serving in the Royal Marines Brendan suffered serious spinal injuries which resulted in hospitalisation and a lengthy period of rehabilitation. Following his discharge, he suffered with periods of depression and anxiety having left a job he loved.
These were his dark times, and this was to shape his next few years where he was forced to seek help and treatment.
Brendan successfully summited Mt. Aconcagua in January 2018 with the team of 65 Degrees North. This brutal and demanding endeavour completely removed Brendan from his comfort zone and pushed him to his absolute limits, increasing his confidence and self-belief that he can achieve whatever he sets his mind to:
“I feel very privileged and honoured to be part of Team Denali and I am looking forward to getting to know the lads and working as part of a team again. Being involved with 65 Degrees North has given me the focus and drive to train hard which has had a positive effect on my mental health and well-being.
To receive a personal message from someone who I haven’t seen for years saying that I have inspired him to make some positive changes in his own life is an incredible feeling.
I would encourage anyone with their own struggles to take on a challenge, big or small, as this will motivate you to achieve your goals and you will make some amazing friends along the way!
The team are undertaking this extreme challenge to raise funds for The Royal Marines Charity
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