Neil heads for Base Camp Everest


BINDT member Neil Harrap, Advanced NDT Lecturer at TWI Training and Examination Services, will soon head off to Nepal to trek to Base Camp Everest to raise awareness and funds for The Anthony Nolan Trust in memory of his wife, Julie.

After a period acclimatising in the Sagarmatha National Park, Neil will head uphill from Thyangboche towards Base Camp Everest, with its glacial floor and sunlit valley. Neil is hoping that he will still have enough energy reserves to aim for the highpoint at Kalapathar (5647 m), with its breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers, including Mount Everest.

An 18-day trip, the challenge is graded ‘extreme’ due to the altitude and length of the days, and a very high level of training and fitness is required.

Neil is self-funded, so all monies raised will go direct to the charity.

“Sadly, I lost my precious wife to leukaemia in May 2014 after a five-year battle and two bone marrow transplants,” said Neil. “Thanks to the Anthony Nolan register finding a suitable bone marrow donor, we were able to have extra precious years together. Therefore, in memory of Julie and in honour of the fantastic work done by The Anthony Nolan Trust, I decided to participate in their charity challenge trek to Base Camp Everest.”

Neil is appealing to help raise awareness of The Anthony Nolan Trust and to also raise as much money as possible to ensure that its services continue and hopefully achieve even more for those individuals who totally rely on the trust to save or prolong their lives.

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