Team: Gentlemen Adventurers
||75kg (165 lbs)|
||Skiing, Surfing, Kitesurfing, Tennis, Acoustic & Classical Guitar|
|PRIOR ARCTIC EXPERIENCE:
|PRIOR EXPEDITION EXPERIENCE:
||Canoeing the Yukon River, wilderness in the Saint Elias mountains (Alaska/Canada), trekking to Machu Picchu, trekking to Annapurna Basecamp|
|PREVIOUS FURTHEST NORTH:
|PREVIOUS COLDEST PLACE:
||Cordillera Sillajguay Pass (on the border of Bolivia and Chile)|
|REASON FOR ENTERING RACE:
||To raise money for my hospital, the National
Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery,
whilst pushing myself to the limit and
enduring the most extreme conditions in the
freedom and beauty of arctic wilderness|
Despite being born in London, my pre-school years were spent in
Switzerland and Australia - learning to ski and discovering the
importance of blue skies and nature at a young age.
I then returned to West London and remained there for all my school
days - attending North Ealing, Orley Farm and St. Paul's. I played
guitar in a band, and was involved in as many sports as I could -
football, tennis, rugby, fencing, rowing, cricket.
After school, I spent a year in Australia during which time, amongst
other things, I became a tennis coach, worked on a flower farm, and
discovered my love for the wilderness.
I came back to London again to attend Charing Cross and Westminster
Medical School (part of Imperial College School of Medicine). I
realised I wanted to be a neurosurgeon early on in my medical
career. I continued to play sports including captaining the tennis
team to UH Cup-winning glory, ski slalom at the Earl's Court Ski
Show and hockey. I also, somehow, got involved in stage productions
- culminating in directing a large cast in the musical
As a junior doctor, I sought life outside London, my first posts
being in Barnstaple (Devon) and Newcastle. However, I, again,
gravitated back to London for my surgical training. I have worked at
Charing Cross, St. George's, Hammersmith, and the National Hospital.
I have also taught anatomy and neuroanatomy to undergraduates at
Guy's, King's and St. Thomas' Medical School.
I am currently a clinical fellow in surgical neurointensive care at
the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
We are currently seeking corporate sponsorship.
National Hospital Development Foundation
is dedicated to raising funds for the National Hospital for
Neurology and Neurosurgery, which together with the Institute
of Neurology, has a worldwide reputation for research and
treatment of brain disorders. These include multiple
sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, dementia, epilepsy, brain and
spinal cancer, stroke and head injuries.
Current projects, which are outside National Hospital budgets,
include the purchase and installation of an interventional MRI
scanner (which allows surgeons to see real-time images of the
brain during neurosurgery), the creation of a dementia
research centre with its own dedicated MRI scanner, the
funding of neuroradiology research and support for multiple
We hope to raise over £10,000 for the National Hospital