78-year-old fundraiser Brian is taking on a double challenge this year

by Katie Searles
Community Fundraiser


Over the last 12 years Brian Everett, a 78-year-old from Darlington, has undertaken a number of challenges for a variety of local and national charities, including Marie Curie.

Brian has climbed mountains such as Annapurna, the High Atlas, Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya,  undertaken long-distance walks across the UK and Africa and taken part in several long-distance cycle rides, including four different UK coast-to-coast routes, John O’Groats and back and 1,000 miles along the Danube. In the process he has raised almost £120,000 for Marie Curie and other charities.

This year he sets out to complete a double challenge. The first, in July, is a climb in the Peruvian Andes followed by a descent to Machu Picchu and then a trek through the Amazon rainforest. The second, in October, when he will be joined by his son, is back to the Himalayas and Everest. Brian and his son will aim to scale the summit of Mount Kala Pathar and also cross the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp. As with all previous challenges Brian pays for all his own expenses so every penny raised goes to the charities he is supporting.

Brian will be missing an old ally this year. His friend Graham, one of two others who completed the 1,000 mile cycle ride down the Danube last year, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was scheduled to accompany Brian on the climb in the Andes but unfortunately his illness progressed faster than was anticipated.

Brian said that this year he would like to give support to two national cancer charities: Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK, in recognition of the courage of Graham and many others fighting this dreadful illness.

If you would like to support Brian’s amazing efforts, you can make a donation on his JustGiving page. And if you are a UK taxpayer, you can Gift Aid your contribution.