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Escambray Mountain Trek Cuba

Escambray Mountain Trek Cuba


Event Details

Creator: Adele 'Dee' Tipton

Event Date: 07th Oct 2016

Event Id: 8533

Charities Supported:

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Target: £1,500

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Raised so far: £1,756.00
Donations: 64
Gift Aid: £410.00

Event Description

In October 2016 I will be trekking 90km across the Escambray mountain range in Cuba to raise money for the mental health charity MIND. Given that just six short months ago I struggled to trek from my armchair to my refrigerator, this is a personal challenge for me on a whole other level. In the last 13 months I have lost over 80lbs and although I'm only halfway through my weight loss journey I'm almost as fit as a butchers dog, after throwing every single thing I've got at this fitness malarkey. And I'm still dieting, so I'm building up my fitness and stamina for the trip without being able to seek comfort from so much as a single hob-nob. 

I will be making this epic journey to honour the memory of my dad, Jim. That's his photo at the top of the page...handsome old bugger wasn't he! He was a top bloke with a cracking sense of humour and a proper zest for life.

When I was about six years old, my dad had a nervous breakdown. I don't think his childhood was the best, and ghosts from the past caught up with him in middle age as these things often do.

Sadly the 1970s was the age of experimental brain surgery. His doctors suggested that the best way to fix his broken spirit was to remove the part of his brain that dealt with anxiety and depression. It didn't end well,  and my dad lived out the rest of his years battling severe mental illness.

I'm beyond sad that my dad's life was effectively cut short, but I am immensely proud that despite making the ultimate sacrifice, it's because of his bravery and that of other people like him that the advances in medical science (in particular understanding the brain and treating mental illness as a whole) are where they are today. My dad was a part of that. In my eyes that makes him a hero.

This trek is a huge challenge for a fat old lady with a dodgy knee and a fear of heights. I'm aware that every step after the first couple of hundred yards is going to hurt, and don't even get me started on the fact that Cuba has spiders the size of elephants. Being the fat old one at the back of the pack means I'm the one that will get eaten if anything gives chase, but I'm doing it anyway.

It would mean the world to me if you'd support my efforts by donating what you can afford, and thank you. I'd like to think my dad would be proud Smile

 

Comments and Donations
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Amanda Tipton 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
25/10/2016
Well done!
Carol Howarth 
Donated £25.00 (+ £6.25 Gift Aid)
23/10/2016
Well done Adele an amazing achievement and a very worthy cause x
Lauren Booth 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
13/10/2016
Well done !!!!
Anonymous 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
07/10/2016
Deserved and you're dad would be immensely proud of his baby girl. Well done :)
Alan Hoggard 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
05/10/2016
Go Adele Go. All the best.
Susan Gray 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
04/10/2016
Go for it Adele, what an amazing thing to do. Good luck xx
Nadia Rose 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
02/10/2016
Would say good luck but you don't need it Dellibop, you've got this!! Can't wait to hear on about it on our next girly weekend. Love Nads, Si, Lucas & Ruby xxx
Jenny Bradley 
Donated £20.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
01/10/2016
Good luck with the walk Adele. I'm sure your dad would be so proud of you. The charity MIND do brilliant work and you couldn't have chosen a better cause. Take care xxx
Kelly Norcliffe 
Donated £5.00 (+ £1.25 Gift Aid)
01/10/2016
What a lovely story Adele. You've come on such a journey! All the best to you and have fun! Kelly (PS4)
Anonymous 
Donated £30.00 (+ £7.50 Gift Aid)
30/09/2016
Best of luck!
HUW EDWARDS 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
26/09/2016
Adele best of luck with the walk hope all the training pays off Huw
Elysabeth Tipto 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
25/09/2016
Go for it! Every step you take means something - I will be thinking about you! Lots of love, Elysabeth
Maureen & Jimmy 
Donated £5.00 (+ £1.25 Gift Aid)
23/09/2016
Good luck!
Alison Shipman 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
16/09/2016
Good luck Adele. An inspiration Alison, Marl, Libby and Oliver xxxx
Anna Kelly 
Donated £15.00 (+ £3.75 Gift Aid)
08/09/2016
Good luck Adele - Anna x
Paul Jones 
Donated £30.00 (+ £7.50 Gift Aid)
18/08/2016
Best of luck Adele
Steve Hanstock 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
11/08/2016
Best of luck Adele. Inspirational !
Anonymous 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
05/08/2016
Best of luck!
Debbie Barrow 
Donated £20.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
29/07/2016
Good luck Adele
Andreas Goelz 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
29/07/2016
You are doing great and it is an honour to help you. Good luck with your adventure!
Nicola Paxman 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
28/07/2016
Good luck Adele, you're an inspiration to us all. Nicola x
James Bradley 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
27/07/2016
Go for it Mum, you'll smash it! So proud of you...watch out for those big hairy spiders... :)
Anonymous 
Donated £70.00 (+ £17.50 Gift Aid)
25/07/2016
You can do this!
Sally Osborn 
Donated £5.00 (+ £1.25 Gift Aid)
24/07/2016
Mohammed Abrar 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
22/07/2016
Good Luck Adele. Mohammed
Stuart Price 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
22/07/2016
We are so proud of what you have done and your dad will be so proud to. You will be great!
Julia Tum 
Donated £25.00 (+ £6.25 Gift Aid)
10/07/2016
Go for it Adele!
Maxine Stanilan 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
10/07/2016
Good luck Chick!! Your going to smash it!!!
Michele Markel 
Donated £25.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
09/07/2016
Dee, getting there! love you loa!
Sue S 
Donated £100.00 (+ £25.00 Gift Aid)
08/07/2016
I read your blog every day and I'm following your adventures with interest - you're my hero! Good luck, even though you won't need it x
Veronique Goelz 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
08/07/2016
You are doing great, and it's an honour to help you. Good luck on your adventure!
Anonymous 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
07/07/2016
Great challenge, for a great cause. You're doing fantastic
Jackie Carnes 
Donated £10.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
07/07/2016
Steph Duodu 
Donated £15.00 (+ £3.75 Gift Aid)
01/07/2016
Amazing effort! Steph xx
Mike Owen 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
01/07/2016
Good luck Adele - make sure you take that insect repellent - nasty little critters in Cuba !! No lunges in the tent ! - but keep those hamstrings stretched !!!
Anonymous 
Donated £30.00 (+ £7.50 Gift Aid)
01/07/2016
Helen Turpie 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
01/07/2016
Go girl!!
Sara Price 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
30/06/2016
You are amazing Delibop...so proud of you and the effort you are making in your dads name. You will smash it xx
James Chandler 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
30/06/2016
Good luck Adele!!!
Graham Chadwick 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
30/06/2016
Adele - an absolutely amazing effort so far, good luck with the trek.
steve moore 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
30/06/2016
Good luck Adele x
Trevor Hilton 
Donated £40.00 (+ £10.00 Gift Aid)
24/06/2016
I'm sure you'll reach new heights in more ways than one with this challenge!
Angela Armstron 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
24/05/2016
I am so proud of your achievements!
Wendy Taylor 
Donated £30.00 (+ £7.50 Gift Aid)
08/05/2016
Go girl. Hope you're sleeping arrangements are better than mine.
Adam Houseman 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
06/05/2016
Good Luck :)
Lisa Coulam 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
06/05/2016
Good luck Delibop! You are an inspiration xx
Marc Young 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
12/04/2016
Dee Tipton 
Donated £40.00 (+ £10.00 Gift Aid)
08/04/2016
Proceeds of office bake sale!
Matthew Harker 
Donated £5.00 (+ £1.25 Gift Aid)
31/03/2016
Good luck Adele! A fantastic cause!
Heather Catlow 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
30/03/2016
Good Luck Adele.X
Helen Hoole 
Donated £41.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
16/03/2016
Good Luck :)
David Smith-Wat 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
11/03/2016
Good luck Adele, great effort!!
Caroline Davis 
Donated £30.00 (+ £7.50 Gift Aid)
04/03/2016
Go girl..you are amazing!!! Your Dad would be so proud x
Adele Tipton 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
04/03/2016
Good Luck Dee from all at PawPrints Dog Walking xx
Les Fletcher 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
04/03/2016
Onwards and upwards Adele you're an inspiration.
Debra Pilkingto 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
28/02/2016
With his spirit, your spirit (and perhaps a little bottled spirit) you can conquer anything, Adele. Debbie x
Charlotte Denni 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
25/02/2016
Good luck Adele, your dad is in inspiration to all and we are very fortunate that treatment has jumped on leaps and bounds since your dad's operation. Unfortunately, still today many people's attitudes to mental health issues remains in the dark age! Love Charlotte xx
Andrew Bradley 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
23/02/2016
Good luck Poostick...Brads x
Karen Pittman 
Donated £30.00 (+ £7.50 Gift Aid)
21/02/2016
Hi Dee. Can't wait for the photos.....of the blisters!!!
Adam McLaughlin 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
19/02/2016
Incredible achievement! Keep up the good work. On behalf of all at Mackenzie Jones.
James Carroll 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
19/02/2016
Amazing story you should be very proud on all fronts.
Stewart Scarr 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
18/02/2016
Good luck Adele x
Anonymous 
Donated £30.00 (+ £7.50 Gift Aid)
18/02/2016
Emily Bridger 
Donated £30.00 (+ £7.50 Gift Aid)
18/02/2016
I'm sorry about your dad. Congratulations on the weight loss, I'm a fan of your blog, it makes me laugh every day. I wish you the best of luck with the trek!