Explore customer, Neil White, is this week embarking on an epic charity challenge that will see him summiting Kilimanjaro, tackling the Inca Trail, paddling the jungle-lined rivers of the Amazon and trekking to Everest Base Camp all in the space of just three months.
Neil will predominantly be raising money for a charity extremely close to Explore’s heart - Explore Bipolar, and local children’s charity, The Sussex Snowdrop Trust. Explore Bipolar was set up by Explore’s Managing Director, Ashley Toft, to raise awareness of mental health issues, and funds for Bipolar UK. Neil will also be giving money to local scout groups and sports clubs, to ensure that as many people as possible benefit from his fundraising.
Neil will be blogging throughout the three months, so keep an eye on our blogs page to see what he’s been up to. We spoke to Neil just before he left for his first challenge up Kilimanjaro, and here’s what he had to say:
It’s the day before I leave for my charity challenges. I’m still at work, loads to do and everything is ticking over just as normal. To think in just a couple of days I will be setting foot on Africa’s highest mountain, the first of my Three Peaks and a Paddle Challenge. Over the next 11 weeks I will have some of the greatest experiences of my life through Explore, and I’ll be raising money for charity at the same time.
Firstly I'll be raising money for Explore Bipolar and The Sussex Snowdrop Trust which raises money for terminally ill children and their families. Secondly, I will raise money for other local charities and groups such as the Scouts and the local sports clubs that I used to belong to as a young lad.
I’ve done all of my training - I’ve been to the Brecon Beacons, walked the Southdown's, climbed Snowdon and Ben Nevis and now can’t wait to get going. I keep being told how lucky I am to be doing all of these things but with the help of Explore and a bit of organisation, all of these things are possible for everyone to do. The worlds become a very small place and we should all get out there and tick off a few items from our “bucket lists”.
I’m really looking forward to seeing the different cultures around the world, as a keen photographer I’m looking forward to seeing and taking photo’s of all of those breathtaking shots that you see in National Geographic etc. I’m sure I’ll take far too many photos to bore all of my friends with when I get back, but with places such as Mount Kilimanjaro, the Inca Trail, the Amazon and of course Everest to conquer over the next couple of months, I'm sure they'll let me off.
I'll be blogging for Explore and posting it on my own website so if you'd like to follow my progress, see the photos or even sponsor me then please log on or connect to me via Facebook and twitter. All contact details are on my website.
I'm off to double check my kit and make sure I've got everything I'll need for the Kili trek. In 24 hours I'll be heading off on a plane and the adventures will begin................
Neil is currently travelling on Explore’s 10 day Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Trek. In October he will journey on the 13 day Inca Trail Trek + Amazon Extension and in November he will travel on the 17 Everest Base Camp trek.
Good luck Neil!