“Even if you fail in something ambitious, you usually succeed in doing something important” - Peter Diamandis
I’m on a mission to raise funds for the Neonatal unit at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS trust (SASH), who for their fantastic commitment and hard work were recently classed as ‘outstanding’, a rare distinction - less than 3% (32 out of 1110) of health and care providers received this rating.
The much-needed specialist care of ill and premature babies will be supported through investment in state-of-the-art infant incubators costing over £20k each. An upgrade of these incubators has been long overdue (20+years), will enable nurses and doctors to efficiently and effectively deliver infant care. NHS England has recently committed to investing in neonatal unit, but a funding gap means we need your help!
So here's what I’m planning to do.
I discovered the joy of climbing when I scaled Mt.Kilimanjaro in Sep 2018 raising funds for a children’s education charity Becoming X. I had never climbed a hill, never slept in tents or experienced -15C . With a 7 day ascent to 19820ft, my physical endurance had reached its limit, but this pain taught me a lot about myself, about being mentally strong, having faith in people and the immense joy in supporting others challenges.
For SASH on June 20th, I will begin my expedition to the summit of the Caucasus mountains; the highest point of Europe at 18,510 ft, one of the world's deadliest- Mt Elbrus in Russia. A 11 day hike would demand the best of winter climbing skills with crampons & ice axes on my first attempt.
I hope that my story of small adventures on big mountains is enough to inspire you to donate generously. All the proceedings from these fundraising activities will go directly to the SASH Charity. My trip is 100% funded by myself.
Thank you very much for your time and your donation!