The Everest Trek Challenge has now started! Check out updates on the Harmeny Twitter page @HarmenyEd. Alternatively updates will also be posted on Alan Sinclair's fundraising page - which you can read by scrolling down his fundraising page. Click on the right for the page.
Thank you for all your support so far. Please keep donating - the team would love to reach their new target and help raise more funds towards the Learning For Life Appeal.
In April 2019, former finance director Alan Sinclair, former British Judo #1 Marc Preston, Edinburgh Builder Bruce Collie and Jiu Jitsu World Champion Rick Young will make the three-week trek to Everest Base Camp to raise funds for Harmeny Education Trust.
The trip is entirely self-funded, meaning that every penny raised will go directly to Harmeny.
Even for men as fit as us, the trek to Everest Base Camp is a tough challenge. The demands of trekking across a rugged landscape are made infinitely harder by the need to adapt to high altitudes.
Please give generously to support our efforts by either donating directly to this page or supporting us individually via our personal pages.
Base Camp sits at 18,000 feet (5,500 metres). To help our bodies adapt, we will climb until we reach Namche Bazaar where we will be based for three nights at around 14,000 ft, climbing to vantage points each day but returning to sleep at Namche to acclimatise. Then the climb proper begins in total, a three-week undertaking.
Our oldest team member is 73 and one of our youngest will be undergoing knee surgery on his return. . . we will be testing ourselves. We will also be encouraging the thousands of children involved with Marc's Destination Judo clubs to undertake their own fundraising challenge.
We are doing this because we believe that this cause is worthwhile. Through our work and personal experience, we have all encountered the damaging effects that tough home lives and abuse can have on the early years of children. We see this trek as an opportunity to support a charity that for over 50 years has set out to do something about it.
Enduring hardship should only be a part of an adult life and within situations of our chosen paths, not when we are children. I applaud Alan, Marc, Bruce and Rick for going through this physical battle of base camp so as to help to alleviate the battles of children found in unsafe situations by no fault of their own. The sheer determination I know these men to have will take them to their goal, helping Harmeny with theirs. I wish them all great success.
Neil Adams MBE, Double Silver Olympic Judo Medallist & World Judo Champion.
For more information about the work of Harmeny and the appeal please watch this short video.