On August 25th, 2020, much-loved British mountaineer Malcolm Bass had a devastating stroke, suddenly collapsing while visiting his climbing partner and close friend Simon Yearsley in Scotland.
Malcolm is a person of courage, vision, wisdom and compassion. He’s also a ridiculously modest, kind, generous and hilarious bloke, and a great cook. He is a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, colleague, neighbour and friend - and a very proud Yorkshireman. He has always been a rock of support and loving advice for family, friends and colleagues - for anyone who’s ever needed him.
Since the stroke Malcolm has spent many harrowing months in hospital and has undergone craniectomy surgery. He’s been wearing a special helmet until he’s strong enough to undergo yet another operation to repair his skull with a protective plate.
Malcolm was recently able to return home to continue his grueling rehabilitation. Even as someone who’s pushed himself to the limits of human daring and endurance in some of the world’s highest and most dangerous peaks, he’s now facing the toughest challenge of his life.
We, a group of his oldest and closest friends, want to get him back out into the mountains as soon as possible. But you have to walk before you can run, let alone climb, so we’re raising funds to provide our incredible mountain warrior with the care, equipment and facilities he needs for the mission of getting back on his feet - literally - and ultimately back out into a world of adventure in whatever form that’s feasible.
We’re reaching out now because time is of the essence in this crucial phase of his recuperation. The more and the sooner Malcolm can have extra physical, occupational and cognitive therapy the better chance he has of the fullest recovery possible. He’s making gradual progress but there is still a long way to go.
We've created a Go Fund Me page and would incredibly grateful for any donations to Malcolms cause. He is a big part of the UK climbing community and we hope to show him all the love and support we can muster.