Cymoedd learners’ fundraising trek in Nepal
18 year old Cymoedd learner Jake Phillips, from Miskin, Rhondda Cynon Taf has completed a fundraising trek to the ancient kingdom of Nepal in support of a charity close to the family’s heart.
Engineering learner Jake Phillips, who is currently studying on the Level 3 Certificate in Engineering Technologies course at the Rhondda campus, Llwynypia recently took time out of his studies to take on this epic challenge.
Jake, together with his father were looking for a way of saying thank you to Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff, following the excellent treatment a family member received over the past year.
The pair, signed up to the tough challenge and after a series of fundraising efforts prior to their departure, felt ready for the physical and mental challenge that lay ahead.
Commenting on the trek Jake said “We trekked for up to 10 hours a day over mountainous terrain through the isolated villages of the Helambu region; camping at night in freezing temperatures. It was a really tough challenge, but nothing compared to the challenge that cancer patients and their families face each day”.
The fundraising continues, as between them both Jake and his father have raised £12,000 for Velindre and the group raised over £250,000 to support research and treatments for all cancers that touch so many lives.