Next Stop Everest Base Camp
Imran Khan Cancer Appeal volunteers have been raising the bar one charity challenge at a time this year with each challenge more daring than the last. From May into July we conquered Britain’s highest mountains. These were Scafell Pike in the Central Lakeland Fells; Snowdon in Wales; and Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highland. But that wasn’t all. In early August our die-hard adrenaline junkies scaled the Yorkshire Three Peaks all in a single day… we’re talking 25 miles in 12 hours! Many of our volunteers who completed the climbs are in fact training for the greatest challenge of all, and one we are embarking on for the first time: Everest Base Camp (EBC)!
In October this year, a team of brave men and women will be taking Imran Khan’s cancer appeal to the base of the highest mountain on earth. With extreme weather, altitudes that rise up to 5,364 meters, and breath taking natural beauty –the Everest Base Camp trek really push our volunteers to the limit. Why? Because as one of our EBC challengers said, ‘this time I want to take the challenge up a notch –as cancer is on the rise and patients suffer so much. This is the least I can do as a human being.’
Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA) is the UK face of Pakistan’s only cancer hospital, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. Shaukat Khanum Hospital offers free cancer treatment to patients who can’t afford it. Established in 1994, it was a first in Pakistan as a comprehensive care facility dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, it was a first in Pakistan. Annually, we are able to provide free treatment to 75% of our patients. Other patients, depending on their financial situation, are offered subsidised treatment.
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