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Thanks for visiting my JustGiving page. I hope you will be able to spare a moment and better still a donation to The Hepatitis C Trust, the charity I have chosen to support.

 I am a doctor and work for a Community Drug Service.  In February this year, I made a solo ascent of Aconcagua, monarch of the South American Andes and highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas. At 22,840ft, the mountain is also the second highest of the world’s seven continental high points - and I reached the summit on Thursday 17th February after an exhausting 10 hour climb from my highest camp on the mountain. 

 I decided to use my climb as an opportunity to raise funds for The Hepatitis C Trust, the only UK charity dedicated to raising awareness of a very dangerous but treatable liver infection, described as a ‘viral time-bomb’.

UK health services have been estimated as treating a dismal 1% of those eligible for treatment of hep c (France achieves 8%). The pool of those infected has been estimated as growing at 5 times the rate of numbers being treated.

It has been estimated that around 90% of those suffering from hep c are unaware that they have it - so increased detection is a key issue to address in order to up treatment rates. 

The virus is acquired via infected blood and, after smouldering quietly for 2-3 decades, advances into potentially fatal liver cirrhosis or cancer.

Many hep C patients are past or present injecting drug users (a third of my patients have the infection) – but substantial numbers acquire it via other means, such as blood transfusion before blood products started to be screened for the virus in 1991, or through childhood exposure in certain high risk parts of the world.

 The Hepatitis C Trust is working towards averting the public health catastrophe which could result if the viral time-bomb runs unchecked. It also provides valuable support to patients, who may be bewildered by a diagnosis poorly understood and sadly, even stigmatised by some healthcare providers. If the UK is to even catch up with modest French achievements, then your support of this charity is a step in the right direction – and a donation will be very gratefully received.

 Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now!

Many thanks, Mark Hallam

Raising money for

The Hepatitis C Trust

The Hepatitis C Trust

Charity Registration No. 1104279

The Hepatitis C Trust is the national UK charity for hep C. It was founded and is led and run by people with personal experience of hepatitis C. We work to deliver a whole range of services including awareness and testing, advocacy and support with the ultimate goal of preventing unnecessary deaths.

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Just another top up Mark from the Grontmij Leeds Half Marathon Runner Beans!

Donation by Leila Hallam on 29/06/11

£45.00

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Well done Mark - from the Grontmij Leeds Half Marathon Runner Beans!

Donation by Leila Hallam on 17/05/11

£301.00

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Donated by Gerald & Janet, Boston Spa.

Donation by Mark on 07/05/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Boston Spa Village Hall slide show 15th April 2011

Donation by Anonymous on 17/04/11

£460.00

+ £115.00 Gift Aid

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Congratulations on a stunning achievement and a v worthy cause.

Donation by Michael Canty on 30/03/11

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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Wel done Mark. A considerable achievment. There is still some ummph in the old dog then! cheers Paul

Donation by Paul Tynan on 25/03/11

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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Well done Mark! Amazing pics!

Donation by Alison Barrie on 16/03/11

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Congratulations Mark! Looking forward to hearing all about it! Explorers and Leaders at Boston Spa

Donation by Boston Spa Explorer Scouts on 04/03/11

£50.00

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Mark - I've just been up to 3000 metres in a cable car and been breathless trying to fasten ski boots - the pork pies don't work!

Donation by Jim Watson on 01/03/11

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Congratulations - wjat an amazing adventure Ally

Donation by Allyson James on 26/02/11

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Well done Mark. Hope the photos all came out.

Donation by Jim Jones on 25/02/11

£100.00

+ £28.21 Gift Aid

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Best of luck Mark. Brilliant Stuff !!

Donation by Martyn Lunn on 21/02/11

£40.00

+ £11.28 Gift Aid

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Well done Mark! Sorry can't give more, am skint right now

Donation by susi harris on 21/02/11

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Best Wishes from all at North Midland Building Limited

Donation by Lynda Campbell on 21/02/11

£50.00

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Inspirational stuff Mark. Enjoy yourself. Looking forwards to the TADS slideshow

Donation by scott payne on 28/01/11

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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"One climbs,one sees.One descends, one sees no longer,but one has seen..When one can no longer see, one can at least still know " - rd.

Donation by roya on 27/01/11

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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very best of luck mark, we are the lucky ones. enjoy our beautiful planet!!

Donation by susanna lawrence on 26/01/11

£100.00

+ £28.21 Gift Aid

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Have a safe and amazing adventure Mark and I'm looking forward to hearing about it when you get back!

Donation by Amanda Harrold on 25/01/11

£40.00

+ £11.28 Gift Aid

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Good luck, Sir! At last...an inescapable reason to look down on those around you!! Safe journey.

Donation by Iain and Lisa Brew on 25/01/11

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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Nice to speak to you recently - best wishes

Donation by Adrian Clarkson on 24/01/11

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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All the best for a safe and memorable trip Mark. Truly inspirational- enjoy!

Donation by Sarah Sturgeon on 24/01/11

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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good luck Mark. Have a fabulous time and be safe! Love Ange

Donation by Angela Walker on 24/01/11

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I wish you a safe and exciting journey ( but not too exciting.)Good Luck!

Donation by Sally Brown on 24/01/11

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Have a brilliant and safe adventure with no heroics - just lots of wonderful pictures and memories to match.

Donation by Elizabeth & John Rayner on 24/01/11

£50.00

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Will pray for safety,courage each day. Enjoy!!

Donation by Thomas donaldson on 23/01/11

£100.00

+ £28.21 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£4,919.50
  • Offline donations£755.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£5,674.50
  • Gift Aid£1,177.03

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