Hi everyone, firstly to all who have donated, a massive thank you. I share your frustration, there are so many fund raising efforts, we are all peppered, so THANK YOU.
£10,000 is a superb effort, thank you thank you thank you.
I fully appreciate this isn't for everyone, but I am hoping to push the number raised higher yet. I have over 1300 friends on Facebook and so far around 50 people I know in total have made donations... So am gonna hold out for a few more people to see if they can get involved.
I leave on Monday, will be away for about a month, very hard to predict how my hamstring will hold up. The injury was 6 weeks ago but i aggravated it on a beach in Scotland. Just couldn't resist catching a tennis ball that was hit in my direction. Hours of various treatments have taken place, and the pain is now more of a dull ache. I will certainly have to take things very slowly. As my sister and her husband so elegantly pointed out, getting up the mountain inls optional, getting down is compulsory.
Thank you all again. Aaron
This is the first time I have ever asked for anything on Facebook, and selling my gangster car is totally unrelated!
A great friend lost her father to Motor Neurone Disease, my grandfather died of MND and now a lovely friend in my village has been diagnosed with MND. I hate those letters, so do lots of people. So, time to do something positive. The search for a cure for MND requires proper funding. Doddie Weir's foundation, My Name's Doddie, is leading the charge. I am self financing this 4 week Himalayan climb, it's costing me around £12-15,000. Not a penny raised will go towards these costs. Everything you donate goes to MND. I'd love to match or surpass this figure. You determine how much we raise. I have the list of people I have supported, so I am coming after you :-) and I know how rich some of you are.... I am definitely coming after you. Trekking and clambering up snow and ice at Himalayan altitudes is gruelling. I have been over 6,000 metres (20,000 feet) twice and whilst the views are nice if the weather is clear, it's bloody horrible. if the weather isn't clear it is a very challenging place to be. Airliners fly at similar altitudes, its cold, there is sod all oxygen, its windy, the kit is heavy and cumbersome, the food stinks... etc etc whinge over :-)
I will be safe, my wonderful guide Dawa Sherpa will be in charge, but this is going to be very hard work. I will of course come back looking thinner, always a bonus. in case you are wondering how high Cho Oyu is... the summit is only 650m under Everest's.
More than anything, I'd love us all to help every Doctor and scientist trying to find a cure for this disease. Humankind always wins in the end, I think, let's do this.
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