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The Steph Smith Appeal Himalayan Challange

2 team members

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Steph Smith Appeal - Himalayan Challenge</span></strong></p> <p>We are attempting the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage race over a period of five days, in which the terrain climbs from 6,500ft to 11,500ft and also includes a marathon around Mount Everest. The distance run over the 5 days are split up as follows; Day 1 -24 miles, Day 2 - 20 miles, Day 3 - 26.4 miles (marathon), Day 4 - 13 miles, Day 5 - 17 miles. It is a gruelling event that will push us to our limits, dealing not only with the distance, but terrain and most difficult of all the altitude.</p> <p>We are attempting to raise &pound;5,000 for the Fungal Research Trust. It is a non-profit charity established in 1991 and it aims to raise awareness of Aspergillus Fumigatus. There is very little knowledge known about aspergillus and therefore 95% of the Trusts expenditure is on research. Aspergillus, which is also known as farmer&rsquo;s lung, mainly invades the lungs and sinuses, but can spread to other organs such as the eyes and brain.</p> <p>With aspergillus mainly attacking the lungs, asthma sufferers are particularly vulnerable to this little know about infection. In 2009 Lewis&rsquo;s partner (Steph) was taken ill. She was a very mild asthmatic and was diagnosed with having invasive aspergillosis. Eleven days after taking ill and only five days after the diagnosis, Steph passed away aged 21. Aspergillus not only affects asthma sufferers but also leukaemia and bone marrow transplant patients. Invasive aspergillosis is increasingly affecting other hospital patient groups and is extremely difficult to treat, with long term sufferers having a very poor quality of life.</p> <p>Click on the blog (below) to find in depth details of the race, reviews, the training plan and news of our training progress.</p> <p>Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.</p>

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Personal Challenge Date

18 Oct 2011




£150.00 plus £37.50 Gift Aid


James Hotchkis

Liz, I hope you have a good Christmas

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


The Muskus Family.

Jo says "for a beautiful friend who has left me with many good memories, never forgotten..."

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Kristofer Anderson (Aka DJ Tofer)

I had to put an extra £3 just so it took it to £8,000!!! Well done guys!!!

£3.00 plus £0.75 Gift Aid


Kristofer Anderson (aka DJ Tofer)

Money raised from Charity Hawaiian Luau, a donation from everyone that attended. A great night for a great cause. Well done Lewis and Aaron

£850.00 plus £212.50 Gift Aid


Mary Oag

Well done Lewis. We thoroughly enjoyed reading about your challenge. You were amazing!! Hope you are giving your feet and knees a bit of TLC!! Take care! The Oag Family

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Jim & Julia Breen

An awesome achievement, congratulations!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Liz Smith (Steph's Mum)

Have a FUNtastic Hawaiian Night!! Herewith a small donation for the raffle!! Hope the knees hold out on the dance floor Lewis!!! It's a shame Aaron & Claire will nopt be there to this evening but enjoy, you deserve it after what you've just endured! X

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Amanda Clayton

Brilliant job chaps! Was fantastic to meet you and what you are doing is inspiring.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


gill neish

Great job guys. Very well done.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Lewis Fraser

Lewis Fraser

Aaron McKevitt

Aaron McKevitt