UCL manager takes a hike
17 June 2005
UCL's Mr David Cobb, a business development manager for UCL Business covering The Bartlett portfolio, will be hiking to the summit of Kilimanjaro from 21-30 October 2005 in aid of cancer relief charities.
Standing at 5,896 metres, Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world, and David is aiming to raise £5,000 to help people living with cancer.
David expects the trek to be full of challenges. He said: "Following the Tanzanian Machame Route, the path to the snow-capped summit will take me over moorland, rocky trails and scree with stunning scenery and beautiful ice formations along the way. This is a challenging trek at high altitude, with warm daytime temperatures, but as the sun sets the temperature drops dramatically."
With one in three people affected by cancer at some point in their life, and 739 new cases diagnosed every day, the need for expert care and emotional support is greater than ever. By taking part in this challenge, David is helping cancer sufferers to benefit from a range of services such as nursing and other specialist health professionals.
However, David also has personal reasons for undertaking the challenge. "My mother-in-law lost her own battle against cancer at the end of last year. She, and her surviving husband, benefited enormously from the care delivered by our local hospice, which will also benefit from this fundraising event. Currently I have raised nearly £3,000 towards my ambitious target of £5,000."
In order to boost his fundraising campaign, David is open to offers for using his high-altitude trek for scientific research. He explained: "This seems to be an opportunity to offer my services for research purposes. There may be an academic who is working with heart monitors, respiration and other physiological data, advanced materialsor anything impacted on by exposure to highaltitude - who knows? The point is that I will be there, and all I seek in return is an appropriate level of sponsorship for my cancer relief fundraising campaign."
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