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Personal fundraising campaign hits the heights

Personal fundraising campaign hits the heights

Northern Ireland man Noel Hanna has set a new world record after successfully completing the final leg of his ‘Seven Summits to Sea Level’ challenge as part of a fundraising campaign that has raised £130,000 for the Ulster Cancer Foundation (UCF).

Since 2005, Noel has successfully completed summit to sea level expeditions on Denali, Elbrus, Everest, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, and Carstenz Pyramid.

In the last of the seven challenges Noel reached the 4,897m summit of Mount Vinson, Antarctica before embarking on a 300km ski over extreme terrain to reach sea level at Hercules inlet.

Noel spent many months preparing for the physical challenges, not just of reaching the summit of Mount Vinson, but also having to pull a sledge with all his equipment, clothing, food and shelter – which weighed in at a hefty 80 kilos.

To date, Noel and his wife Lynne, who climbed Everest with Noel in May 2009, have raised £130,000 for UCF to fund a major new support programme for cancer patients and their families in Northern Ireland.

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

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