30th June 2003
Trekking through one of Iceland’s toughest old trading routes is on the calendar for one adventurous employee from the University of Lincoln.
Stuart Davis, a desktop publisher in the university’s Design and Print Department based on Beverley Road in Hull, will be taking up the challenge next June, in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust.
Stuart (28), from Howdale Road, Hull, has been a registered bone marrow donor with the trust for the last 18 months and decided to take things one step - or several - further after seeing the fund-raising trek announced in the trust’s regular newsletter.
Starting from Buland - the highest farm in the Skaftartunga area - the trek covers approximately 75km of dramatic terrain ranging from the slush and quicksand of the bleak black sand desert to the stunning Markarfljot gorge and Myrdalsjokull glacier.
At the end of the trip the group will have the opportunity to visit Iceland’s capital Rejkjavik and the Gullfoss waterfall and geyser and join in Iceland’s national holiday parades and festivities.
“Iceland is a very beautiful and I have always wanted to go there,” said Stuart. “This trek seemed like an ideal opportunity to see the country and raise much needed funds for a very worthy cause.
“When I first saw the advert for the trek I decided ‘don’t think about it, just do it’. There were only about 16 places available and I didn’t think I would be accepted so I was really chuffed when I got confirmation.”
The Anthony Nolan Trust was founded in 1974 by Shirley Nolan, Anthony’s mother. Anthony was born suffering from a rare bone marrow disease. The need for a bone marrow transplant and the lack of a suitable donor led Shirley Nolan to set up the trust which now holds one of the largest databases of bone marrow donors in the world.
“Being a bone marrow donor is such a small thing to do and it can make such a difference to someone’s life,” said Stuart.
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