Campbell’s Everest trek for kids’ hospital

Campbell McCaig
Campbell McCaig

Brave Port William resident, Campbell McCaig, is to embark on an 19-day, 5500m hike to Everest Base Camp, with the aim to raise £20,000 for the charity, Yorkhill Children’s Hospital.

He has already raised £17,000 from various events so is well on way to reaching this amazing goal.

Organised by Discover Adventure, specialists in worldwide challenges for charitable fundraising, Campbell’s trek will depart on March 21, 2015, where he will fly to Delhi, Kathmandu and then onto Lukla (the world’s most dangerous airport) to start the trek. The route takes him via the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar through beautiful valleys, dense forests and across glacial rivers before reaching the renowned viewpoint of Kalapatar on the approach to Everest Base Camp.

Forty-one-year old Campbell, who works as an agricultural relationship manager with RBS in Wigtownshire and Kirkcudbrightshire, is raising money for Yorkhill due to his daughter Katie having been a patient there twice for operations when she was one and four year old (she is now 10). Katie still attends Yorkhill for an annual check-up and will most likely need one more operation in her teenage years. The care and attention received during her time inspired Campbell and his family to raise funds to show their appreciation and gratitude and this is where the idea of the trek originated from.

Campbell’s original trek date was last September but due to breaking his hip in a cycling accident while training in September 2013 and against the best advice of the doctors to cancel altogether he will now undertake the challenge in March 2015. His recovery has went well and he is now back to fully fit and able to take on this once in a lifetime challenge as well as raising funds for this worthwhile charity.

If you would like to support Campbell’s charity challenge, please visit www.justgiving.com/Campbell-McCaig or text CMCC73 £5 to 70070.

Discover Adventure offers great deals for charities, with at least 50 per cent of fundraising targets going direct to the charity concerned. Its eco-friendly worldwide challenges, include classic routes such as the Inca Trail or Lands’ End to John O Groats cycle trip, to tailor-made expeditions, all led by highly experienced leaders. For further information about Discover Adventure’s challenges, whether self-funded or raising money for a great cause, visit www.discoveradventure.com , telephone 01722 718444, or e-mail info@discoveradventure.com.