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Just the tip of the Iceberg!

Just the tip of the Iceberg!

Over the next year Stuart Robinson (HoD Art & Design), Darren Smith (Photography Tutor) and two friends Frank Ramsay and Rui Duarte as well as many other helpers along the way are aiming to raise as much awareness and money for The Anthony Nolan register charity as they can. The Anthony Nolan register charity is a blood Cancer charity that attempts to find donors for people, save people’s lives and raise money for further research and development. Cancer is something that can affect us all in one way or another and beating cancer is something very close to all our hearts.

Their aim is to raise £10,000 in what are they planning on doing?

They plan to do all manner of events from the Three Peak Challenge to cycling events and dodgeball tournaments, staff team events and student challenges to name but a few.

These exciting events will all build up to the crescendo, when Stuart will attempt to Climb Denali (Mt McKinley), a 20,320ft Mountain in Alaska and the highest mountain in North America in June 2014. The expedition itself takes one month to complete and the climb travels its way through crevasse fields, steep mountain terrain and knife edge ridges ... and because of Denali's geographical position it makes it the coldest mountain outside of Antarctica where temperatures can drop to below -65 degrees....chilly!!

So we ask Stuart … “Why this challenge? Why not find an easier way to raise the money?”

“Good question” says Stuart “and one I asked myself as soon as I signed up to do this challenge. Well anyone who knows me well enough knows that mountains are my thing, my passion and what makes me tick. So why not try to raise as much money for such a great cause as the Anthony Nolan register whilst doing what I love”

After months of planning and training the first challenge for Stuart and the rest of the Denali Climb for Cancer Team is complete after they climbed the three highest mountains in the UK, back to back, within 24 hours. The Three Peaks Challenge as it is commonly known is a serious physical challenge, even for the fittest amongst us.

The 24 hour countdown began at 8am on a sunny Saturday morning at the foot of Ben Nevis. Spirits were high and the team got off to a great start completing the ascent and descent of Scotland’s highest mountain within 4 ½ hours. Then it was back in the car and a trip down to the Lake District for round two, a very cloudy Scafel Pike which is the hardest to climb and made all the more difficult climbing in the dark. A misty summit and hard navigation and time were against them but they made it up and down for 10:30pm, only 30 minutes behind schedule!

After an early morning drive to a very dark Snowdonia it was time for their third and final peak on this mission. A very windy Snowdon summit welcomed the team to Wales but with their legs “feeling the burn” with every step they headed down the Llanberis pass to achieve a finishing time of 23hrs and 7 mins. Three peaks, 24 hours, lots of tired legs but overall a very happy team … well done to all. Memories of the challenge, good and bad, will no doubt stay with them forever. If you would like to sponsor Stuart please visit the charities website. Alternatively you can simply follow all of his build up and antics throughout the next year on his blog. See all of the links below:

Just giving page for the three peaks challenge:

Denali Climb for cancer page fundraising page:

Anthony Nolan Register charity:

Stuart’s Blog where he will be discussing the build-up, training, sponsorship and fundraising throughout the year:

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