24 May 2001
Brian Blessed - one of this country’s leading actors - visited Horsham-based medical charity Action Research recently to help promote the charity’s Trek Nepal.
As well as being an established actor, author and director, Brian has a great love of mountaineering and a desire to stand on ‘the top of the world’. Brian has been on 3 expeditions to Mount Everest. The first to make the film GALAHAD OF EVEREST, a tribute to George Leigh Mallory.
In 1993 he returned to Everest, this time to climb the southern side where he reached a height of 28,000 feet - the highest a man of his age has achieved without oxygen. He returned to the Northern side in 1996 when the climb was filmed by a Channel 4 Television team as part of the ENCOUNTERS series.
He has also completed a trek to the North Pole resulting in him currently being the oldest man to reach the pole and an expedition to The Lost World in Venezuela - the subject of his last book.
Action Research is recruiting for its Trek Nepal. Two trips are taking place between the 19th - 28th October 2001 and 5th - 14th April 2002. For further information contact the Event Units on 01403 327477 or visit www.action.org.uk
All money raised from the Trek Nepal will go to help Action Research fund more vital medical research into conditions affecting children and families as part of its Touching Lives campaign. The charity will be celebrating 50 years of funding ground-breaking medical research in 2002 and such breakthroughs as Britain’s polio vaccine, pioneering hip replacement surgery and the first medical use of ultrasound scanning would not have been possible without Action Research’s support. The charity genuinely believes that its work has touched the lives of millions of people across the UK.
For further media information contact Duncan Barkes in the press office on 01403 327404.