First it was Everest - twice. But before then was a journey of overcoming adversity such as epilepsy, stammering, bullying, low self confidence, anxiety, depression and eating disorders ... oops - there, I said it!
Climb The UK will take me on a different journey, and hopefully one you can join in, too. Climbing to the highest point of all 100 UK counties, in England, Scotland, N Ireland and Wales. Over 5,000 miles in 72 days. Walking, cycling and even kayaking where needed. It will touch every corner of the UK and spread the message that mental illness is not a sign of weakness.
Aged 21, I can understand the problems young people face because I've been there. Mental health has often been a bigger challenge to me than attempting to climb Mt Everest. I have raised over £60,000 for charities through my outdoor exploits so far, but only recently has the mental health crisis in young people really come to my attention. We hear it all the time, and I suddenly feel the need to do something to fight this battle against a hidden but very real illness.
In Autumn 2016 I attempted to climb Cho Oyu, the sixth highest peak in the world, reaching 7125 metres. Since then, Climb The UK was born.
A HUGE thankyou to everyone who helps make this happen with donations, however big or small, that will add a real tangible difference through the work of Young Minds, which specifically supports and focuses on the mental wellbeing of young people in the UK.
Follow the progress at www.alexstaniforth.com
THANK YOU AGAIN.