Sir Ranulph Fiennes was, with Charles Burton, the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and, with Mike Stroud, the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. In the 1960s he was removed from the SAS Regiment for misuse of explosives but, joining the army of the Sultan of Oman, received that country's Bravery Medal on active service in 1971. He is the only person yet to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar medal for both Antarctic and the Arctic regions. Fiennes has led over 30 expeditions including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth, and in 2003 he ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in aid of the British Heart Foundation,3½ months after a massive heart attack.
In 1993 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Fiennes the Order of the British Empire (OBE) because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over £18 million for charity. He was named Best Sportsman in the 2007 ITV Great Briton Awards and in 2009 he became the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest, raising a total of £6.3m for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The Coldest Journey in 2014 raised £1.3 million for Seeing is Believing. In 2015 he successfully completed the Marathon des Sables raising over £2 million for Marie Curie.
He has written 23 books, Cold came out in 2013, Agincourt was published in September 2014. Heat October 2015 and his latest book Fear will be published exactly a year later in 2016.
"Some of us like to challenge ourselves and Kae Tinto Murray is no exception. I am delighted to support her forthcoming endeavours in "Challenge K45" which is her new fundraising cause. Kae has undertaken to trek along the Great Wall of China, climb mainland Spain's highest mountain and thereafter trek along the base of the Grand Canyon. As Challenge K45 will take place over the next 18 months, it will coincide with Kae's 45th Birthday and she is hoping to use this occasion to raise £45,000 for her 2 favourite charities, Cancer Research UK, the world's leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through carrying out ground breaking world class research in all 200+ cancers and also "It's Good 2 Give!", a young Scottish charity helping young cancer patients and their families.
In particular, Kae wishes to remember those of her family and friends who have been touched by this horrible disease and most importantly, to celebrate the lives of those who have been saved by the work of CRUK and who are still with us today.
Please support her by donating what you can."
Ranulph Fiennes - Patron Challenge K45
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