Nick Talbot


Cystic Fibrosis Trust
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the UK's only national charity dealing with all aspects of Cystic Fibrosis. It funds research to treat the symptoms of CF and to find an effective treatment. It also aims to ensure appropriate healthcare for those with Cystic Fibrosis and provides information, advice and support to people with CF and their families across the UK. Cystic Fibrosis is one of the most common, life-threatening diseases in the UK. It affects over 9,000 people and 1 in 25 of us carries the faulty gene that causes Cystic Fibrosis. If two carriers start a family, each child has a 1 in 4 chance of having Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with thick, sticky mucus making it hard to breathe and to digest food. People with Cystic Fibrosis have to endure a rigorous daily treatment regime including physiotherapy to clear the chest, inhaled and injected drugs to thin the mucus and fight infections and dozens of enzyme pills to help digest food. Each week, five babies are born with CF and sadly, each week three young lives are lost. Only half of those with Cystic Fibrosis are likely to live past their late 30s, but a baby born today can expect to live longer. We seek to continually improve standards of care for people with CF; we commission cutting-edge clinical and scientific research; and provide practical and accurate information to people with CF and their families. None of this would be possible without the support of the CF community and the generosity of the public.


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Nick Talbot's fundraising page CFvs.Everest

Nick Talbot

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Hi my name's Nick, I'm 38 and have Cystic Fibrosis. I've been really fortunate in life, I have a good career and apart from a couple of near death experiences when I was younger, my health has usually been better than most people who have CF. CF kills people every day by slowly attacking the lungs and other organs until they no longer work. I've benefited from new medication which can only help a small percentage of people with CF and has meant that my lung function has improved and my health is more stable. The new medication has meant that I can no longer participate in medical trials such as gene therapy and so I have been looking for new ways to help the CF Trust and people who are suffering from CF.

I've decided to combine a passion with raising money and profile for CF. I have great parents who really put themselves out in many ways for myself and my sisters. They always encouraged me to do outdoor sports and spend time in the mountains. Over the years I have pushed myself and my boundaries to see what I could do and gradually got higher and higher, and in 2011 on the second attempt I summited the 6th highest mountain in the world - Cho Oyu. With the training and severe challenges which come at altitude this was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, every step and breath was a challenge. Yet for me this was only for a month or so, the more serious sufferers of CF face this every day of their lives and ultimately have to hope for a lung transplant.

In April-May 2015, I will attempt to summit Everest to raise money and awareness for the CF Trust. This involves many months of intensive training and is as much a mental challenge as a physical one. I will also be taking "Brandon the Lion" with me, hopefully as far as the summit. Brandon is a soft toy raising the profile of CF and travelling the world on journeys many children with CF can't go on.

How can you help? To make this a success I need as much help as I can get. The full costs of the expedition will be covered separately, any sponsorship or donations on this page will go directly to the CF Trust to help fund research for a cure or to help CF patients who most need it. If you can send this on to any friends or family then even better, any donation large or small is very welcome.

If you know of any corporate sponsors who can help with the costs then please put them in touch with me directly or the CF Trust.

Corporate Sponsorship: If you represent a corporate then there are different sponsorship packages offered by myself and the CF Trust with a variety of benefits and publicity for you and your employees, the potential for selected employees to go to base camp and I'm happy to speak at any events. For more information on these please contact the CF Trust or myself directly at

Charity Auction: We will be holding a fundraising dinner and auction, any suitable items for auction would be gratefully received.

You can follow my progress at:

Twitter @CF_vs_Everest

My thanks so far to the CF Trust for their enthusiasm and support, and to my employer RICS for their flexibility and fundraising help, and to BBC Radio, The Telegraph, The Evening Standard, The Ham and High, and The Wharf for their coverage to date.

Good luck to my Aunt Karen who has embarked on a sponsored weightloss until I reach my highest point. This is great as it will also make her a lot fitter, and helps motivate me that all this time I am looking to increase fitness and weight she is looking to increase her fitness and decrease her weight!

Thanks to Ken Creighton, James Murphy, Richard Stokes and Tim Wainwright for their "Climb with Nick" campaign where they did different challenges to climb the equivalent height. Ken and James cycled 50 times up Box Hill in one weekend! Thanks also to Janet Fernihough who successfully ran the distance from base camp to summit as part of "Climb with Nick"!

Thanks to Gillian Charlesworth and Roux for coming up with the idea for the celebrity charity dinner. Looking forward to holding it.

Many thanks to the Tompkins family for their sponsored silence and generally excellent all round support.

Recent donors

03.05.15 I have a Grandson of a similar age to you Nick, he is also one of the lucky few with now, good health. He has always been classed as borderline CF. Our thoughts go out to everyone involved in this terrible tragedy in Nepal.

03.05.15 So so sorry about what happened to your team.

02.05.15 Much respect Nick; keep the faith, you'll get there


02.05.15 Glad your home safe. I have CF and admire you for this.


30.04.15 Such a tragedy. I wish you a very speedy recovery Nick. Best wishes from Leslie at Pump Court.

29.04.15 For your brave and inspiring attempt

29.04.15 SKy.N2015

28.04.15 Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this terrible disaster. Nick you did so well to go. We are the previous CFT Everest Marathon Fundraisers from Durham (and former RICS employee.. my first job!). Our paths may cross. Safe return.


28.04.15 With much admiration for a brave attempt. Wishing you a safe return home and a speedy recovery. Thinking of all of the people in Nepal.

27.04.15 So sorry that you weren't able to complete the climb but well done for attempting it in the first place. Condolences to all those who lost friends and family in the earthquake


27.04.15 My thoughts are with you all at this sad time.

26.04.15 Glad you are safe.

26.04.15 Well Done Nick! Sorry you didn't make it but so pleased to hear your safe! Be immensely proud of yourself :)

26.04.15 So sorry to hear the dreadful need glad you are safe and hope you are soon feeling better. Thank you raising so much my son has CF he is 17 and u have been inspiring to us all.

26.04.15 Please pay this towards the charity although at this time you have been unable to complete it, we would still like to make a donation

26.04.15 In memory of my brother Ian Abbott. Died of CF aged 25. Goog luck Nick in your quest for the summit, don't give up, you'll get there in the end!


25.04.15 Go Nick!

25.04.15 Dear Nick! All of my two babies were supposed to have CF. But later on it turned out that it was a mistake and they don't have this disease. I feel your great energy and high pational to make the borders more wider.

25.04.15 Good Luck Nick and well done,my 14month old grandson has C/F.

25.04.15 Dot Jones today reported on your present altitude to the OB Club committee. Well done, keep going.


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