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Everest in the Alps

Thirty inspirational challengers, seven teams, one epic goal. To ski the height of Everest over four consecutive days and raise vital funds for research into paediatric brain tumours.

The intrepid skiers travelled to the alpine village of Verbier in Switzerland and had to battle atrocious conditions to complete the 8,848m climb.

Everest in the Alps was first tackled in 2015, raising a spectacular £3m for The Brain Tumour Charity. A team in 2018 added to this by raising £1m. The 2019 team are looking to help fill the £1m gap required to ensure the £5m funding is secured.

The funds will support the work of the Everest Centre, a pan- European collaboration of scientists established last year to improve the understanding and treatment of childhood brain tumours.

The story behind the challenge

The gruelling climb was inspired by our trustee Rob Ritchie - who scaled the same heights three years earlier with a group of friends and family.

Rob was motivated after getting the shocking news that his five-year-old son Toby had a low-grade tumour and has vowed to help speed up the search for a cure.

Toby's diagnosis changed his life and ours. The Everest Centre has brought together international experts to accelerate progress towards more effective and less harmful treatments for slower-growing brain tumours, which can have a devastating long-term impact.

Rob Ritchie, whose son Toby was diagnosed with a low grade (slower-growing) brain tumour on his brain stem at the age of five.

Sadly Toby is not an isolated case. Globally, over 26,870 children and young adults have a paediatric low grade (slower growing) brain tumour. And every day a young person takes another step in dealing with their own personal Everest.

Could you push yourself further and help stop brain tumours in their tracks?

Watch the video to see how incredible the 2018 challenge was.