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3 June 2016
Fundraising has got off to a fantastic start for this year's trek up the volcanoes of Nicaragua. For more details see the flyer just uploaded.

15 November 2015
Just back from the Sahara and the report of the trek has just been uploaded.

12 May 2015
Started fundraising for 2015 - see the flyer just uploaded.

I haven't done much training yet, but I have been clambering over the sand dunes near Formby Point on Merseyside to get into the spirit of the desert!

Sand dune near Formby Point

6 November 2014
Just back from Myanmar and report of the trek just uploaded.

4 May 2014
Fundraising has begun for this year's trek in Myanmar (Burma). Like thousands, I've been inspired by Stephen's Story. Here's a little talk I gave this morning:

Many of you will have heard about the story of Stephen Sutton - a young man of 19 who has cancer. Unfortunately his cancer has spread and he knows that his life is severely limited now. In fact, he almost died about 2 weeks ago, and posted a photo and message on Facebook which made it clear he expected it to be his last.

He became strong enough to undergo an operation to assist his breathing, and he is still with us. Despite his circumstances, since he was told his cancer is incurable, he has remained immensely positive, making statements like:
I may have cancer, but cancer doesn’t have me.
The best way to help yourself is to help other people.
I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not cramming as much into my life as I should have done.
I don’t measure life in terms of time any more, I would much rather measure it in terms of what I can achieve.

Number one of the 46 things he put on his list to achieve was to raise £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity. As of today, he’s raised an amazing sum of about £3,200,000.

Stephen has been treated in a specialist unit built by Teenage Cancer Trust, and says:
Teenage Cancer Trust have helped me hugely throughout my own cancer battle and helped shape who I am and my positive attitude today. They offer hope and a sense of community to young people with cancer like myself, and directly help face associated pragmatic and emotional issues.

I've been committed to raising funds for Teenage Cancer Trust for over 10 years. This year I’m undertaking a trek organised by the charity in Burma / Myanmar, and my target is to raise £4,000. I hope you will all feel able to sponsor me for this fantastic charity.


You can sponsor me by donating at my Virgin Money Giving page:

virgin money giving page 2014
Thank you.

1 December 2013
My 12th trek for TCT now completed - and an amazing £3,150 raised - over £3,640 including on-line and off-line Gift Aid. There's a link to this year's Cuba trek report on the right.
virgin money giving page 3,150 pounds raised

7 April 2013
It's been a bit quiet on the Updates page for a while - but the report of my most recent trek, in Cambodia, is available to the right. Just starting both the fundraising push and some training for this year - the Escambray Mountains in Central Cuba. Please have a look at the new fundraising leaflet.

31 March 2012
As this year's fundraising effort starts, it's great to have had over £400 donated without even asking - thanks to all my regular supporters! Please have a look at the new fundraising leaflet.

2 November 2011
Photo-journal of the trek completed - just click on "PERU 2011" to the right.

1 November 2011
Back to discover I've just made it past my fundraising target - thanks to everyone for your support!
virgin money giving page 2,540 pounds raised

14 October 2011
It's been a long summer of fundraising, and trying to fit in some training walks - but now, at last, it's nearly time to go!
path in rural Kent bale of hay

12 June 2011
Well, the new Scarpa boots are shaping up OK. The ground has been so dry, that they have hardly been dirty yet! No blisters on my feet. But after 8 years of my old trusty Brasher boots, still not quite used to the new ones... boot on path

10 June 2011
Last chance to spend a day walking for a while, so set off despite the weather forecast for rain late in the afternoon. But the waterproofs were out before lunchtime and despite the stunning skies, I decided to retreat.
dead tree in field winswept tree and stormy sky

5 June 2011
Walking near Wendover - 15 miles. It would be even better training if I didn't keep stopping to admire everything around and to take photos!
foxglove huge tree large skipper butterfly

17 May 2011
Have now reached over one-third of my target of £2,500. Thanks to everyone who has supported me so far! If you haven't yet, then please just click the image below....
virgin money giving page 865 pounds raised

15 May 2011
Back to the Chilterns, part of which I have come to know well after all my training walks there. Went on a weekday, so had the woods, ruined church and fields all to myself, other than a few curious lambs. Did about 10 miles but can't pretend my legs don't ache!
trees in woods ruins of church
pink blossom in front of yellow field sheep with two lambs

22 April 2011
Been walking on the Kent/Sussex border, including 15 miles in the pre-Easter heatwave.
green trees in fields of yellow oilseed rape bluebells in wood
three trees at the top of newly ploughed field tops of oast houses

12 March 2011
view across the south downs windswept bushes
First proper walk since the excesses and snows of winter. Branching out to new locations - this time a 12-mile circular route from Glynde, East Sussex, taking in a small part of the South Downs Way, and the picturesque hamlet of Southease with its ancient village church. Wonderful early spring flowers and scenary. Without the trek I might not have been tempted out on the English hills.
tall grass in the wind row of trees
village church church steeple and weather vane
daffodil by stone wall snowdrop
orchid pussy willow

7 March 2011
Muddy BootsSadly, my Brasher boots, which have completed nine treks - and which are seen here caked in Costa Rican rainforest mud - are cracking a bit at the seams. So will have to add boot-buying to the list of trek preparations.

1 March 2011
A brand new website for 2011 - the year which sees my 10th trek for Teenage Cancer Trust. New fundraiaisng page at Virgin Money Giving, which means that more of the money you donate gets to the charity than with other fundraising sites.

View 2010 updates at the K2010 site.


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