Manny Kemp on Ben Nevis. Also pictured is Louise Anthony, a third year medical student from Newnham College also fundraising for KidsCan, and six other students from Salford, Queen Mary and Southampton fundraising for either KidsCan or Marie Curie.
Manny Kemp completed the Three Peaks Challenge this June for a paediatric cancer charity called KidsCan.
The challenge involved climbing to the tops of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon, the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales respectively, in only 15 hours of climbing, commencing in the mid-afternoon on June 18th. The group managed this in 15 and a half hours because of bad weather and poor visibility on Scafell Pike. The total distance covered on foot is about 26 miles. The challenge would normally be conducted with a 24 hour time limit including driving between the Peaks, but the organisers opted to time the actual climbing and not the driving as teams in previous years have been known to ignore the speed limit on the M6 when the clock was running.
Manny has so far collected £2120 and it is not too late to donate via his Just Giving page.
Immanuel (Manny) Kemp gained his BA and MEng with us and stayed on at the department to study for a PhD with Dr Dennis, working on Fischer Tropsch reactions.
KidsCan is a small charity based in the University of Salford which conducts research directed towards the treatment of specific cancers to which children are particularly prone, and towards the development of treatment methods which are less damaging to the growing tissue in a child's body (as many of you will realise, many cancer drugs differentially target cancerous cells on the basis that they are growing and dividing whereas most healthy adult cells are not- this distinction doesn't work too well in a child's still-growing tissues and can result in much nastier side-effects).