It’s tough at the top as Action Medical Research launches new Ben Nevis trek | Action Medical Research

It’s tough at the top as Action launches new Ben Nevis trek

21 October 2015

A new trek launched by children’s charity Action Medical Research aims to take fundraising to new heights… all the way to the top of Ben Nevis.

The trek, on Saturday, 10 September 2016, sees climbers conquer the stunning mountain in a day.

Bushcraft and survival expert Ray Mears is giving his support to the charity’s Ben Nevis challenge, which is an ideal addition to your bucketlist for 2016 after the Christmas festivities!

"I would really recommend this if you are looking to challenge yourself in 2016 and try something new while supporting a great cause,” he says.

“Ben Nevis is a spectacular mountain and the views from the top are truly magnificent - plus you'll feel on top of the world knowing you're helping to fund vital research to help sick babies and children."

Participants can walk the eight-mile trail solo or in a team, either racing the clock or taking in the scenery at 1,344m above sea level, before joining the Action support crew for a celebration at the finish.

Those taking part will get experienced mountain guides, medical support, celebratory drink and food and an Action Medical Research Ben Nevis T-shirt - plus they’ll burn off the calorific equivalent of a roast dinner!

 “We want this challenge to be as accessible as possible – anyone who’s keen to try something new in 2016 is welcome to take part,” says challenge events manager Louise Stone. “We are also keen to ensure there’s as much flexibility as possible so participants can travel under their own steam and book their own accommodation.

“You can climb Ben Nevis however you want, and know that we’ll be waiting at the end to celebrate your amazing achievement.”

Participants will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952 and the charity is currently funding research into childhood cancer, Down syndrome, epilepsy, and cystic fibrosis, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

There are two options for Action Medical Research's Ben Nevis climb: the fundraising option, which includes a £50 registration fee and participants must commit to raising £200; or the self-payment option, with a £50 registration fee and a one-off payment of £150. For more details and to register, please visit

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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world. Charity reg. nos 208701 and SC039284.

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