Climbing Mount Everest - with Cystic Fibrosis
Nick Talbot (French & Italian Studies, 1998, Fylde) has worked in senior management for Ernst & Young and KPMG for 13 years.
He then became a director at the RICS to help them on their journey of becoming a global organisation, and non-exec director at a set of chambers.
He believes he's been really fortunate in life but has an additional challenge in that he has cystic fibrosis though thankfully not as severe as for many he feels. Cystic fibrosis kills children and adults every day by slowly destroying the lungs and other organs until they no longer work. This year he's benefited from new medication which only helps a small percentage of CF sufferers and has meant that his lung function has improved and his health is more stable. This has meant that he can no longer participate in CF medical trials and so he's been looking for new ways to help the CF Trust. Research for new medication is at a very exciting stage, but what is missing is funding in what is for many a race against time.
He's therefore decided to combine a passion with raising money and profile for CF by attempting to summit Everest in April/May this year.
'I have always pushed myself and my boundaries to see what I could do and gradually climbed higher mountains.' he commented. In 2011 he summited the 6th highest mountain in the world - Cho Oyu. 'With the training and difficulties 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 6 weeks, the more serious sufferers of CF face this every day of their lives and ultimately have to hope for a lung transplant.'
A full feature about Nick's trip was featured in the Telegraph
You can make a donation or access Nick's blog links at www.virginmoneygiving.com/CFvs.Everest