Trekraise - trekking to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust
Trekraise is the name of the fundraising carried out by Nigel Turner to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust. Every year from 2003 to 2023, apart from the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021, Nigel has undertaken at least one trek.
The most recent trek was in the Indian Himalayas in November 2023. It started near Dharamsala, far in the North of India, home to the Dalai Lama and exiled Tibetan community. It then followed the Uhl river valley into the heart of the world’s highest mountain range. The remote route went through dense oak and rhododendron forests and up to mountain passes and peaks at around 3,000m (approx. 10,000ft). This is a height where the effects of altitude can start to be felt, and trekking 15-20km per day felt more challenging than at home. Sleeping accommodation was mainly in tents, and also basic lodges, while night-time temperatures were close to 0oC.
[This trek replaces a planned trek in the Accursed Mountains of Albania, which was cancelled due to family illness/bereavement. Sponsorship for that trek has been received by Teenage Cancer Trust and "rolled over" to this replacement trek.]
Please support this trek by donating at JustGiving
EVERY YEAR 2,500 YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TOLD THEY HAVE CANCER
You only get one chance at being young, and those few crucial years will shape the person you become – your relationships and career, your confidence and wellbeing, and your ability to pursue your dreams. Cancer can throw all of that off track. Suddenly, your life’s been turned upside down.
Teenage Cancer Trust’s 28 specialist units within NHS hospitals bring young people aged between 13 and 24 together, to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them. Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to meeting this vital need – so no young person faces cancer alone. The charity’s nurses and youth workers walk with young people from diagnosis through every step of their treatment, and for up to two years afterwards, so that they can recover and live life to the full.
You can download a fundraising leaflet below, which includes more information about the charity and the trek. There is a report of the 2023 trek on the Previous Treks page.