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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Thanks to the amazing Gerry Kelly who put together this video.

Hi my name's Nick, I'm 39 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 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 2016, 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. This follows on from a tough trip in 2015 when the earthquake hit Nepal.

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 extensive positive publicity (see some media profile below) for you and your employees, the potential for selected employees to go to base camp and I'm happy to speak at any events. There is also a documentary team filming who can provide you with footage. 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 MSNBC, CNN, BBC Television, ITV, CBS, Discovery Channel, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio London, TFM News, The New York Times, Men's Journal, The Telegraph, The Times, The Evening Standard, The Independent, The Sun, The Chronicle, The Northern Echo, The Westmoreland Gazette, The Ham and High, and The Wharf for their coverage to date.

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 my Aunt Karen who lost lots of weight to raise money.

Thanks to Mike Potter and Jonathon Youens for their particularly generous contributions.

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

16.08.15 well done karen

29.07.15 Well done Aunty K with supporting Nick -has he signed you up for next year?! Sam x

29.06.15 All the best wishes to you, Nick, in making your dream to come true!

08.06.15 well done Karen!

06.06.15 glad your ok nick. well done Karen !

06.06.15 glad your ok nick. well done Karen !

03.06.15 Sky.N2015

31.05.15 Well done Karen



25.05.15 Sorry to hear of the tragedy that hit your team- best wishes

24.05.15 Sorry i've taken so long to donate!! All the best for your full recovery, and then for next year. Karens' friend.

24.05.15 For Karen's efforts

24.05.15 Well done, Karen, for losing weight for Nick and well done to Nick for trying again and coming out alive!!!! Lesley and Gay

24.05.15 In recognition of the effort to which Karen went in supporting you

20.05.15 All best wishes with this great effort

17.05.15 Glad you're back safe Nick


13.05.15 Sorry it didn't work out for you, Nick. Glad you're safely home!

13.05.15 Everyone is behind you Nick, very inspiring. Hope the ribs are healing up!

10.05.15 Sky.N2015

06.05.15 Full respect to you Nick. All the best for a speedy recovery.


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.


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