On Friday 30th October, seventeen incredible individuals will take the first of thousands of steps as part of a five day trekking challenge through the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India. In the many months leading up to departure, each trekker has worked extremely hard to raise vital funds for The Forever Friends Appeal and so far have raised a combined total surpassing £25,000 towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign – which is fundraising for a world class new Centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
From cake sales, dance evenings, cream tea afternoons to fancy dress half marathons and a very apt Indian elephant naming game, the trek has already led the group to some amazing fundraising achievements before they even set foot in India! Each of the seventeen trekkers have their own personal reasons and stories for taking part, but all have one thing in common – an inspirational dedication to support their local hospital and help transform cancer services for the future.
The trekking team, of which four are staff at the hospital, include: Gisela Barcat-Angelelli, Katrina Bride, Becky Brooks, Diana Dixon, Christina Ferreira, Lindsey Hobbs, Ines Martins, Ashley Nesbitt, Victoria Owen, Helen Pyne, Fiona Ryall, Sandra Sach, Debbie Saffin, Surrinder Sandham-Bains, Tim Shire, Frankie Simpkins and Kirsty Thompson.
The team will walk for up to eight hours a day as part of the five days of tough trekking, and will be challenged early on in their journey, travelling on an infamous sleeper train before numerous steep ascents and descents that will take the team well and truly out of their comfort zones. The trek will continue over 67km, with the trekkers exploring and experiencing all that Northern India has to offer with a variety of terrain including meadows and foothills at the heart of the world’s highest mountain range, cattle passes, glaciers, Hindu settlements and Buddhist Monasteries.
To keep the trekking fueled on their challenge, Marshfield Bakery have kindly donated 100 flapjacks to keep their sugar levels up with the sweet treat when the going gets tough!
The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8.5 million towards a pioneering Cancer Centre at The Royal United Hospital in Bath. This new Centre will transform the care for patients and their families affected by this life changing diagnosis. The hospital is planning on replacing its outdated 1940s cancer facilities, with a world class new Centre that is truly fit for purpose that will bring treatment ‘under one roof’. To date the campaign has raised £6.9 million and its with the support of the public and the incredible fundraisers like the India trekkers, that will help raise the final £1.6 million.
Laura Pearce, Events Fundraiser for the Appeal comments: “We are so proud and grateful to all of our India trekkers as well as everyone who has generously supported them so far. They have all worked incredibly hard, not only to train and prepare for this physical challenge but to help raise significant funds for the build of the new Cancer Centre – £25,000 is no easy feat! We now wish them the very best of luck on their Himalayan adventure where they can create memories that will last a lifetime, with the knowledge that each step they take is one step closer to a pioneering Cancer Centre at the RUH.”
Although places on this challenge are now closed, the Appeal are now looking for another group of adventurous fundraisers to take part in Trek Cambodia 2016 – a 95km trek to Angkor Wat (Lonely Planet’s number one place to see on their Ultimate Travelist)! For more information please visit our Cambodia Trek page or give Laura a call on 01225 821535.