20th July 2004

 

THE ICEMAN RETURNETH

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The University of Lincoln’s intrepid trekker has finally completed his fundraising trek across Iceland and raised an amazing £2,700.

 

Stuart Davis, a desktop publisher in the university’s Design and Publishing Department, took up the challenge to trek through one of Iceland’s toughest old trading routes in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust.

 

Stuart (29) from Skellingthorpe, joined a group of 16 people to complete the 75km trek last month.

 

“It was tough,” said Stuart. “I had trained before the trip but nothing could prepare me for walking between 15 and 20 km a day with a fully loaded 60-litre pack and a three-man tent and crossing terrain ranging from snow and rock to ankle-deep quicksand and raging knee-deep rivers!

 

“It’s hard to put into words the beauty of Iceland. I could sit and appreciate the views for hours and the 24-hour daylight was very strange.

 

“When you see the vast areas of untouched landscape it makes you appreciate how amazing Mother Nature can be, but it also makes you realise the dangers posed by the human race to such a beautiful planet!”

 

The Anthony Nolan Trust was founded in 1974 by Shirley Nolan, whose son 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.

 

For further information about the Anthony Nolan Trust visit www.anthonynolan.org.uk.

 

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Gill Noakes, Assistant Press Officer

01522 886244                         gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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