The Leanne Fund is the foremost Cystic Fibrosis charity working with individuals and families across the Highlands, the Islands, and Grampian regions of Scotland. They provide vital social, practical, emotional and financial assistance, supporting the whole family. There is no other Cystic Fibrosis organisation that provides the range of services they do. (read more)
(Recently featured on Good Morning Britain) The St Abbs Lifeboat first put to sea in 1911 and for the last 106 years they have supported and crewed the lifeboat, saving over 230 lives. Sadly this long tradition of saving lives at sea looked like it was going to come to an end when the RNLI announced that they would be closing the lifeboat station. With St Abbs being a huge draw to divers, walkers, anglers and other coastal users, the community were unhappy with the decision, and decided to start fundraising to put their own independent lifeboat in St Abbs. Boyd Tunnock eventually stepped in and 'bought' them a new lifeboat but running costs are high so this is where I hope to step in.
Having been fascinated by everything Nepal and Everest since attending a Sir Chris Bonington lecture many years ago I had the pleasure of briefly visiting Kathmandu in 1982 but never thought that in 2017 I would be following in the footsteps of so many famous mountaineers. Having supported the Leanne Fund and St. Abbs lifeboat as best I can, it is now time to make an amazing journey and do something for two deserving charities. There is a sponsors page dedicated to companies who have backed me coming soon.
Mt Everest Images Copyright: Sir Chris Bonington.
The majority of the worlds population can only ever dream about what it must feel like to stand on top of the worlds highest mountain, and at the same time not realise just how much preparation, organisation and physical and mental energy it takes to get there, and, in an environment with depleted levels of oxygen and sub zero temperatures. My trek to base camp is not about personal goals, it is about raising funds for two fantastic charities and at the same time it is also about respecting the men and women who have not only been there before but have achieved the ultimate goal in reaching the summit. It is also about paying my respects to the people who have made the ultimate sacrifice while trying to achieve their goal. Looking back over the years I can only admire how Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing managed to reach the summit when you compare the equipment and clothing they had then, to what is now readily available. I owe a debt of thanks to Sir Chris Bonington for allowing me to use a handful of his images to showcase a journey I am about to make.
To climb to nearly 20,000 feet I would have said " I can't do it", but even if I have to crawl........ For the Leanne Fund and St Abbs Independent Lifeboat I will achieve it.
Most of the climbers and trekkers in the world long to work their way to Everest Base Camp at least once in lifetime. The Everest Base Camp Trek has been exceptionally popular for climbers and trekkers since the very first successful expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in 1953 (May 29th) by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary. The area is famous for its stunning mountain peaks and the welcoming and friendliness of local people. The region is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. While many of the routes through the mountains are challenging, there are ample places to rest and let your body get used to the elevation.Visit our Fundraising Page