Charity mission for superhuman'
PUBLISHED: 12:43 22 April 2010 | UPDATED: 10:54 12 August 2010
A RECRUITMENT consultant is to undertake a series of extraordinary challenges in a bid to fund vital equipment for a children s hospital.
A RECRUITMENT consultant is to undertake a series of extraordinary challenges in a bid to fund vital equipment for a children's hospital.
Rob Charlton, 32, who works for RIG recruitment, in Beckenham Road, Beckenham, will take the next ambitious step in his challenge when he runs the 26-mile Virgin London Marathon this Saturday.
He decided to undertake superhuman challenges across five countries to raise £19,000 to fund a state-of-the-art incubator for Evelina Children's Hospital in Lambeth.
Rob: "The marathon is going to be really hard work, so I've just got to grit my teeth and get on with it it. I'm pretty well prepared, but I have injured my knee so I won't push it too hard."
Mr Charlton, who grew up in Bromley South but now lives in Croydon, began his adventure on February 7 in northern Norway, where he completed a 240km husky expedition in the Arctic Circle and battled chilling temperatures of below -30 degrees centigrade.
In August and September he is set to travel to travel to Ben Nevis, Scotland and then to Snowdon, Wales, to conquer the two highest mountains in Britain.
This will prepare him for his final quest in November, when he plans to scale the 6,000m-high Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, which he believes will be the toughest of all his challenges.
Rob said: "I've committed myself to shedding much blood, sweat and tears for the Evelina Children's Hospital Appeal because I can't think of a more deserving cause and effort.
"I have set myself a huge target to reach, in order to pay for the incubator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the hospital that will make a huge difference to the care provided to any newborns."
The Evelina Children's Hospital is part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in London and provides routine care and life-saving treatment to children of all ages.
It is currently trying to raise £1million for equipment like the one Rob hopes to provide.
The matron for neonatal medicine at Guy's and St Thomas', Claire Alexander, said: "We are very grateful for Rob's superhuman efforts.
"Last year we treated 7,000 premature babies born at Guy's and St Thomas' and this new incubator will help keep a number of them warm after their early arrival and give them the best possible start in life.