University of Leicester eBulletin

Leicester Lecturer to Walk Inca Trail

March 2002

No 61  

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A University of Leicester lecturer is off to Peru to walk the Inca Trail in aid of charity.

Dr Alan Bevington, non-clinical lecturer in the Division of Renal Medicine at the University, will take part in a sponsored charity trek in support of the National Kidney Research Fund (NKRF). 

Dr Bevington said: "The Inca Trail is 48km long over the Andes Mountains, and ends at the spectacular ruins of the ancient fortress of Machu Picchu. Although the Trail looks out over an amazing and exotic landscape, it still poses a considerable challenge because, at a maximum elevation of 4050 metres above sea level, altitude sickness is potentially a serious problem.

"I decided to take up this challenge as part of the fund-raising effort to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the NKRF and, as a researcher in this field, I know how important it is to maintain the flow of research funding. The aim is to raise 2000 from this trek."

Over 100,000 people are affected by kidney disease in this country every year and the NKRF is the single largest source of funding for cutting edge research into this disease in the UK. This charity, like so many others, has been severely hit since 11th September by low interest rates and a fall in the value of its investments.

For that reason all sponsorship for this trek will make an important contribution to maintaining the fight against kidney disease. For more details or sponsorship forms please contact Alan on 0116 258 8041 or e-mail ab74@le.ac.uk

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