David Moran, Bassam Haidar, Kate Biard and Brian and Sylvie Fredrick walked almost half of the Lebanon Mountain Trail in April 2010, to raise money for Epilepsy Research UK.
David says, ‘The trek was an amazing experience – tough at times, but pretty much always enjoyable. Living conditions were quite primitive in the villages that we stayed in – especially the bathroom facilities – but the people were wonderfully hospitable and the food was great….too great! Thank God we were walking every day, otherwise we would have put lots of weight on!
The trek is rated as tough, with up to 22km per day and elevation changes of up to 1,500m up and down in a day. Given that our team are all novices, we didn’t expect it to be easy, but we were determined. I plan to complete the second half of the trail at a later date. You can learn more about the trek here.
Thank you to all the donors, we have achieved the target, which is great news, and with Gift Aid have raised just over £10,000. The funds will be well received at Epilepsy Research UK. We are now thinking about the next challenge!’
The team decided to undertake this challenge for David’s daughter, Phoebe Phu. David continues, ‘She is nine years old now, but probably wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the research into the causes of epilepsy and the development of drugs to treat it. The wonderful work carried out by Epilepsy Research UK and Great Ormond Street Hospital have made a huge impact to many of the sufferers of this condition, and I in turn would like to raise as much money as I can to help them continue – there is much still to be done.’
All of the costs of the trip were met by the individual team members, meaning that all donations were received directly by Epilepsy Research UK.