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Tom Abbott

365 Days Camping And Trekking In The Hebrides For Alzheimer's Research UK

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Alzheimer's Research UK

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Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's this time last year, and since then I've been thinking of a way to honour the adventurous spirit he has instilled in me since I was a child, and to experience in my own way what so captured his imagination many years ago. 

In the early 1960s, dad founded the Schools Hebridean Society, a group of young teachers who led secondary school children on expeditions in the Hebridean islands. Over the course of almost thirty years, well over a hundred expeditions took place, influencing the lives of countless young men and women. 

I have decided to challenge myself to a solo expedition of the islands, camping and trekking over the course of nine months, writing a book dealing with memory, and how the physical landscape informs and provokes our internal worlds. In the spirit of everything the Schools Hebridean Society was about, I wish to embark on my own such expedition.

It is important to note that I am still in the process of securing funds for the expedition, so please bear that in mind if you choose to donate to Alzheimer's Research UK. You can donate now, but by all means feel free to await donating until I have announced that funds have been secured. All being well, I intend to set out in late-march of 2019. 

Alzheimer's Research UK is a fantastic organisation, seeking to push the frontline of Alzheimer's research even further, with a view to bringing about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025.


  • Dad on one of the early expeditions.