Nick Talbot

Charity

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

Fundraiser: 
Nick Talbot

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CFvs.Everest

 

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

Hi my name's Nick, I'm 40 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 and I was hit by the subsequent 2-300m high avalanche.

How can you help? To make this a success I need as much help as I can get. The full costs of the expedition have already been paid, 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.

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 talbot_nicholas@yahoo.co.uk.

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:

https://www.facebook.com/CFvsEverest

http://cf-vs-everest.tumblr.com

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 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!

Recent donors

29.04.16 Thank you thank you thank you, from a CF Mum! X

26.04.16 Greetings from Mexico

25.04.16 All the best Nick. I have everything crossed for you.

19.04.16 From a fellow CFer. I admire you going for this! If you can climb that mountain then maybe my daily mountains aren't that big. Thank you for being an inspiration to me!

18.04.16 Buena suerte Nick!

15.04.16 Good luck have a safe trip!

14.04.16 Good luck on your climb to Everest

02.04.16 Best of luck for a safe and successful trip Nick.

31.03.16

30.03.16 Good luck, Nick. Will follow your endeavor closely.

27.03.16 Good luck Nick. I climbed Mont Blanc for cf which took 2 days. Nothing in comparison, but I have a small understanding. Strength with you.

27.03.16 Any excuse to get out of babysitting! Please get to the top this time, we can't afford to keep sponsoring you!! Your fav nephews, Sam & Jake x

26.03.16 Nick. It has been a great pleasure working with you this year. I very much admire your drive and enthusiasm. I wish you every success in your Everest expedition. Safe home. D

23.03.16 Good luck Nick - fingers crossed for a safe and successful ascent to the summit!

23.03.16 Now you've reached £80K with gift aid. Congrats!

23.03.16 Good luck Nick, stay safe, we will be following you

21.03.16 Thanks for all your time on Saturday. Great respect for you and I already picture you on the summit. Good luck

20.03.16 Best wishes Nick such a great cause and personal challenge I will be following you supporting you all the way

17.02.16 Good Vibes! You can do it! x

07.02.16

23.01.16

23.01.16 This donation is to help CF Trust so helping my grandson Lincoln who has CF.

22.01.16

22.01.16 Good luck!

04.01.16 All the best. You deserve to get to the peak this time.

£77,237.31

Running total

Target:
£100,000.00
Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£81,252.27
Total donors:
337
Last donor:
Lizzy Molyneux
29.04.16  
Offline fundraising:
£54,001.57
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