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Chris Hawkey

Trek to Kamchatka

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My story

[p]I am a Professor of Gastroenterology (gut doctor) in Nottingham and I have Parkinson’s Disease. It makes walking, eating and ttypng (like that!) difficult because of stiffness, tremor and balance problems. It also shortens your life expectancy. [/p][p]So, as a gastroenterologist and Parkinson’s patient I was encouraged by new research suggesting some of the earliest changes that lead to conditions like Parkinson’s may actually begin with the bacteria in our gut (the microbiome). [/p][p]It seemed completely counter-intuitive but amazing findings are often what lead to breakthroughs because they show that we were previously looking in the wrong place. This is a huge discovery and still a very recent one, which only highlights how much we’re yet to discover about gut bacteria and its connection to our brain.[/p][p]I like to travel to unusual places and now that I have Parkinson’s it is particularly important not to let my bucket list be limited by disability. I will be taking on the challenge of traveling through 13 time zones to Kamchatka, Russia; one of the most isolated places on the planet. [/p][p]There, I’ll spend 10 days trekking, climbing volcanoes, and rafting, in one of the most remote and dramatic places in the world. I’ll post photos as well as tips and facts about gut health and Parkinson’s disease, which I hope you will find interesting[/p][p]But this isn’t just about doing something challenging. I’m also using this opportunity to raise money for two charities,[b] Guts UK[/b] and [b]Parkinson’s UK[/b], in the hope of funding future research into the connection between the bacteria in our gut and Parkinson’s Disease. Every penny you donate will support work that could lead to improved treatment, prevention or even cure of this debilitating condition.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b][u]** UPDATE ** [/u][/b][/p][p]I have now landed back in the UK. When I was a student, I signed up to giving 2% of income to charity. Sponsored activities are another way of giving. You don’t have to undertake extreme challenges to fundraise. I like to travel unusual places and Kamchatka was on the list. Then research started to show that Parkinson’s disease may start in the gut. So as a gut doctor partly disabled by Parkinson’s disease it was time to pack. As well as “give us your money” my message was just do it, don’t be ruled by your disability, but find and stay within your limits: I learnt a lot about mine![/p][p][b]You can view many more images, stories and snippets from my trip here: [/b][url=https://www.facebook.com/chris.hawkey.568]https://www.facebook.com/chris.hawkey.568[/url][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

02 Sep 2019


Oct 29, 2019

Nabil Shaban

Hey, glad you survived your adventure. I wish I could have gone with you but as you know I was being a "Luvvie" on the English stage.


Oct 29, 2019


£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 11, 2019

Julian Walters

It takes Guts! Well done.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2019


Fantastic adventure Chris. Love your cuddly little friend (the puppy). Was the ethnic dancing any easier than the cajun variety?

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 2, 2019


Best wishes

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 1, 2019



Oct 1, 2019

Marie Baldry

Wow! Looks amazing.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 1, 2019

Prof Yeng Ang

Hi Chris Best wishes and hopefully a very successful fund raising

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Oct 1, 2019

Richard Logan


£75.00 plus £18.75 Gift Aid

Oct 1, 2019

Richard Hunt

Great Stuff, Chris and so happy to see you're still chasing volcanoes, eclipses, bears etc! Keep at it for a long time to come.

£150.00 plus £37.50 Gift Aid