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Michael and Colin’s 15 Day Expedition to Stok Kangri




Michael & Colin are Climbing 6189m to raise funds for Reubens Retreat

Michael English at Everest Base Camp
Michael English at Everest Base Camp

Michael English (Celebrity Cruises) and Colin Jones (Royal Caribbean International) are setting out on an incredible expedition that will be the biggest mental and physical challenge the pair have ever faced. Michael and Colin’s 15 Day Expedition to Stok Kangri will be their personal best reaching the summit.

Their training started back in January and has included climbing Snowdon four times, Ben Nevis once, Winter Survival Training and 100km walk.  They are both now on final countdown to their summit attempt.

Colin Jones in Scotland
Colin Jones in Scotland

Fun fact

Snowdon 1089m v  Stok Kangri 6189m

“Provided we get the right weather and our acclimations goes to plans Team RCL UK will  summit Stok Kangri @ 6189m the morning 7th September and raise a Royal and Celebrity flag. This will be highest mountain climbed for Reuben.” said Michael.

Stok Kangri is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas, the journey to the summit is 15 days, their summit day will be a gruelling 14hrs to reach the summit.

Can you sponsor Team RCL?

If you are able to donate, you can do so on the pair’s Just Giving page

Michael said “Colin and myself would love it if you could share this on your Facebook and Twitter accounts to get as much sponsorship for Reuben’s Retreat as possible.

We will be posting while we are away and you can follow our journey via facebook/instragram. This is Celebrity Cruises chosen charity and one which is very personal to both of us and so many in the UK Travel Industry.”

Michael and Colin's 15 Day Expedition to Stok Kangri
Michael and Colin’s 15 Day Expedition to Stok Kangri

About Reubens Retreat

On Friday 31st August 2012 Reuben’s family Mike, Nicola and Isaac Graham said their final goodbye to their gorgeous 23 month old son and little brother during a beautiful ceremony in their home village of Mottram 11 miles from Manchester.

Photo Credit: reubensretreat.org

Reuben had suffered an ATRT which is Atypical terratoid rhabdoid tumour, it is a very rare and aggressive form of Cancerous tumour, only 4 to 5 children will be diagnosed with this tumour in the UK per year and there are very few symptoms.

Despite the devastating grief that comes when a quarter of your family is gone, his brave and inspirational parents have set up a charity in his name, they plan to have a retreat in the north west countryside for children with life limiting and life threatening illnesses, with a bereavement support and counselling centre for Mummy’s, Daddy’s and Siblings who have lost their precious children. A place where families can take in the rolling hills and countryside, a place of comfort, peace and tranquillity, a place where memories can be built.

(excerpt taken from reubensretreat.org)



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