Tag: fundraising

Just a Walk in the (Yorkshire Dales National) Park

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The last energy drink has been drunk, the last Snickers bar has been eaten – and in the event we didn’t need as many of either as we thought we might. We did it! The Alliance Yompers yomped home after a blistering 108km (the 100km turned out to be a neat marketing number) in 28 hours 32 minutes. What a team. The walkers were all in remarkably good shape at the end of the Trailtrekkers course and we were definitely all still smiling as we were buoyed across the finish line on a wave of euphoria and exhaustion. (more…)


Oxfam Trailtrekkers – the Big Walk is almost upon us!

After months of planning, preparation and training, the big day is almost upon us. According to the Oxfam Trailtrekkers guide, this last week should be about ‘tapering’, resting and ‘carbing up’. With weekends of stomping out 20-30km practice walks behind me, I’m personally looking forward to a few days of guilt-free plates of pasta and lots of sleep! The other thing we need to focus on at this stage is our mindset. As many wise counsellors have advised us, if we don’t complete the full 100km it’s not a failure, as long as we’ve done our collective best. Yet we also want to give ourselves the best possible chance of success, and would really love to finish this thing. The guidance I was given by Juan Coto, a former international-level tennis player with an expertise in sports psychology is to have our reasons and drivers for tackling this challenge very clearly at the forefront of our minds. And while everyone on the team, walkers and support crew alike, has their own individual goals, we are all motivated by the statistics just released by Oxfam. These show that so far this year’s Trailtrekker event has raised £170k. To put this in context, £160k funds a project in Sri Lanka for a year, benefiting 10,000 people who are trying to recover from the devastating conflict which destroyed much of the infrastructure. ‘What’s a few blisters compared to that?’ as fellow walker Linda put it. The thought of the people we’re helping will really spur us on to keep putting one foot after the other when our legs begin to protest and our bodies start to desperately crave sleep. We’ve committed to raising £10,000 and are doing brilliantly so far, with the current total for our Alliance Yompers team standing at nearly £6500. We really appreciate all the donations and messages of support we’ve received from family, friends, clients and colleagues. There’s still plenty of time to donate if you’d like to! Just visit our Just Giving page here.

If you liked this post you might be interested in …

  • This post on our Trailtrekkers training
  • This post on my trip to Everest Base Camp as part of the Xtreme Everest research expedition
  • These features – one by me, the other a general article – in the NW Evening Mail about the Xtreme Everest expedition
  • This post about the Alliance charity of the year for 2012, the Precious Awards

Xtreme Everest – Going to Extremes to Understand Critical Illness

En route to Everest Base Camp
En route to Everest Base Camp

Intensive care represents the knife edge between life and death and extreme illnesses require cutting edge research to provide solutions. Despite intensive care being one of the most sophisticated areas of hospital care, hypoxia – lack of oxygen reaching the body’s vital organs – is a common problem for patients in an intensive care unit. Approximately 80% of people in intensive care suffer hypoxia and until this can be controlled they can’t be treated effectively. For both scientific and ethical reasons it’s difficult to conduct research on critical care patients. In response to this, Xtreme Everest, a not-for-profit organisation led by doctors and scientists from University College London Hospital, University of Southampton and Duke University in the US, is conducting an innovative research project which uses the shortage of oxygen experienced at high altitudes to simulate the hypoxia that affects people in intensive care. (more…)