Story

 

In late August 2012, with a team of climbing friends, I will attempt to summit two of the world’s most famous and beautiful yet treacherous mountains, the Matterhorn and the Meije, in aid of the UK blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

The idea originated when the mother one of my dear climbing partners died of a myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of blood cancer, after our climbing trip to Morocco in January.  There were six of us in Morocco and we had the most unforgettable trip, climbing in a remote, adventurous area on impeccable rock, with fabulous weather.  It was a shock to come home to this terrible news.  So we decided to do something challenging together, which was special to us and to dedicate it to her memory, whilst attempting to raise awareness about this ruthless illness and money for research.

The team is made up of three climbers: myself, Bertrand Donninger and Jean-Baptiste Chavanne.  Vive l'entente cordiale!

Please dig deep and donate now to help conquer blood cancer..

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

Our plan is to climb the two most beautiful arêtes of the Alps in one week in late August: the Matterhorn on the Swiss/Italian border, and La Meije in France.  Obviously everything is conditional on the weather at the time, but the idea is to summit the Matterhorn from the Italian side (arête du Lion) and descend into Switzerland via the Hörnli ridge.  We may bivi at or near the top.  Then we will head to La Grave to tackle La Traversée de la Meije in one of the wildest parts of the Alps. We will climb to Le Prémontoire using the Enfetchores route, and the day after will do the traverse and then sleep at the Aigle hut.

For more on the Matterhorn see http://www.zermatt.ch/en/page.cfm/zermatt_matterhorn/4000er/matterhorn  

The total altitude of the two combined is 8462 metres and this gave us the idea to set an initial target of raising £8462. These climbs are not to be underestimated.  Indeed on the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865, four of the party of seven fell to their deaths. La Meije is also not easy and was one of the last major peaks in the Alps to be climbed.

 

 

Updates 2

Many thanks to all the very generous people who have donated!! And thanks for all the very touching messages. Nick x

13/09/12 17:42

YES, we did it! Thanks to all generous donors for your support. La Meije will have to wait, as we were defeated by bad weather. I'll post photos to facebook soon and a trip report to those donors whose email address I have. Love from Nick, Bertrand and Jean-Baptiste

03/09/12 00:29

Raising money for

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

Charity Registration No. 216032

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the only UK charity solely dedicated to research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Your contribution really will make a difference to the lives of the 30,000 people diagnosed every year with a blood cancer. beatingbloodcancers.org.uk

Donations 331

windmill2.png

Vielen Dank Gerold und Michael!!! LG, Nick Happy Christmas and many thanks to all generous donors!!

Donation by Anonymous on 17/12/12

£40.00

Superman.png

My son was convinced you must be Spiderman when we looked at the photos!!! Hence the superhero icon!

Donation by catherine Howe on 21/11/12

£10.00

present.png

Well done, good job. Sorry for the late contribution

Donation by Patrick Clarke on 21/11/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

smileys.png

You're a star!

Donation by Michael George on 20/11/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

smileys.png

Sounds like a real adventure - what a great idea!

Donation by Penelope Kaempf on 20/11/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 20/11/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Trophy.png

A crisp tenner for the tenor aiming for an impressive 10K! Many congratulations on your brilliant and meaningful feat. Jules

Donation by Julian Perkins on 19/11/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Trumpet.png

Donation by Christine Garratt on 07/11/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Trumpet.png

Donation by Anonymous on 06/11/12

smiley.png

I am so proud of you my friends ! I hope to be able to join you for new adventures ! Vincent

Donation by Vincent Bureau on 22/10/12

£30.00

Trophy.png

A terrific achievement, well done.

Donation by Miles and Margaret Rucklidge on 16/10/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Bruce Paterson on 11/10/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Trumpet.png

Congratulations Nick! We recently had good views of La Meije while cycling in the French Alps.

Donation by Roger Dillon on 09/10/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

thumbsUp.png

Well done mate!

Donation by Ben Davies on 05/10/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Jumping.png

Donation by nicholas smith on 04/10/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Trophy.png

Well done Nick! Fantastic achievement!

Donation by Jean Kelly on 04/10/12

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Trophy.png

Well done mate..hope to meet up and hear about it soon.

Donation by John Beswick on 04/10/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Aude CLEMENT on 01/10/12

£30.00

heart.png

Congratulations Nick, a fantastic achievement. Tom (and Judith!)

Donation by Judith Evans on 01/10/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Jumping.png

Nick - what an extraordinary achievement to have climbed the Matterhorn! Hope that you reach the Big £10K soon!!!!! Love from Peter

Donation by Peter Gritton on 27/09/12

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Jumping.png

You are amazing! "Well done" seems unworthy of such an achievement. Looking forward to photos x Tom

Donation by T Raskin on 27/09/12

cupcake.png

What an amazing achievement Nick. Well done. Dx

Donation by David Gould on 26/09/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Superman.png

Privileged to know such a great guy as well as a fine singer! B x

Donation by william hunt on 26/09/12

Donation by Peter Kirby on 25/09/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Jumping.png

What a feat. Wonderful. Well done. Cx

Donation by Catherine King on 24/09/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£9,665.00
  • Offline donations£295.00
  • Text donations£40.00
  • Total raised£10,000.00
  • Gift Aid£1,866.64

* Charities pay a small fee for our service. Find out how much it is and what we do for it.