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

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Thanks to the amazing Gerry Kelly who put together this video though admittedly it is pre-Everest so standby for one for the 7 Summits...

Hi my name's Nick, I'm 41 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 2016 on the third attempt having only just survived the two biggest natural disasters on the mountain I summited Everest. With the intense training regime over the three years, 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.

I have decided to continue the journey and attempt to climb the 7 Summits - the highest mountain on each continent to raise money and awareness for the CF charities - the CF Trust, CFF and BEF. This involves intensive training and is as much a mental challenge as a physical one.

Everest done, Carstenz Pyramid done, 5 to go... 

My next challenge is Elbrus, a technical climb of the more remote North side of the highest mountain in Europe in August 2017.

How can you help? To make this a success I need as much help as I can get. 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 to the CF Trust or other CF charities.

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. I am seeking sponsorship of either expedition costs or direct donations to a CF charity in any country. I'm happy to speak at any events. For more information on this please contact me directly at Also feel free to come along on an expedition!

Public speaking: I am an experienced public speaker be it for amusing after dinner speeches or motivational talks so far done in the UK, Italy and the USA. Please feel free to contact me at the above email address if you would like me to speak at your event.

You can follow my progress at:

Twitter @CF_vs_Everest

My thanks so far to the CF Trust for their enthusiasm and support, to RICS for their 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 Guardian, The Chronicle, The Northern Echo, The Westmoreland Gazette, The Ham and High, and The Wharf for their coverage to date.

Thanks to the many many people who have either made generous donations or have done their own fundraiser to help me raise money for the CF Trust, the number of people who without being asked (and in some cases who didn't know me) helped in a significant way has been overwhelming. There are now too many to list on this page but you know who you are and I can't express my gratitude enough, it is hugely motivating and together we can make a difference to help fund further medical breakthroughs.

Recent donors

15.08.17 Keep up the great work, truly inspirational!

13.08.17 Well done Nick keep going! You are an inspiration to those with CF, like our boy Johnny - onwards and upwards! The Finches x

11.08.17 All the best from your park fans.

09.08.17 RICS Charity Auction

31.07.17 Best of luck Nick! You've got this!

01.07.17 Really enjoyed your speech at Barney this morning, Nick. It was very thought provoking and inspirational. Good Luck with your ambitions and challenges for the future.


09.06.17 Thanks for your hard work and fantastic acheivements.

07.06.17 Wonderful evening last night celebrating your inspirational achievement and raiding more funds. RICS is very proud of you Nick.

30.05.17 So inspiring! Go get 'em!

28.05.17 Wishing you all the very best.

09.05.17 Good luck with your climbs.

02.05.17 Very best of luck

26.04.17 Good Luck from Jericho Chambers Team

18.04.17 I'm sorry that I will not be able to make the dinner Nick, as I will be in the Australia. But having spent time with you on the 2014 expedition, every attendee of the dinner will get the opportunity to meet one of life's exceptional people. Yours Justin


14.03.17 Everyday challenges are just as important as exceptional challenges, well done for excelling at both.


30.09.16 It's absolutely fantastic!! Good luck and all the best!

23.09.16 good luck at Carstenz Pyramid !!

01.08.16 Impressive and many congratulations. What is next!

25.07.16 Well done Nick, what an inspiration. Our son who also had cf was born too soon to benefit from all the medical advances but was Inspirational too and lived his life to the full.

05.07.16 Well done Nick, an amazing achievement. This donation is on behalf of the Osbourn family

29.06.16 Wonderful achievement- inspiring talk at Barney School



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