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Ben's Polar Challenge

Page owner: Ben Edwards

Donations go towards Paediatric Gastroenterology Research

My fundraising goal: £20000.00

£8671.61

+ £1078.50 Gift Aid

About

In June 2016, Ben Edwards, 14, from Cambridge will be undertaking an historic fundraising challenge as he joins the only British team to circumnavigate the North Pole in one season, and if successful will become the youngest person ever to have sailed the North East and North West passages.

Ben aims to raise £20,000 through this challenge to support an innovative research project into paediatric gastroenterology taking place at Addenbrooke’s Hospital – the only place in Europe to be undertaking this type of research to benefit children.

Ben, whose parents are Cambridge entrepreneurs, was aged just 13 when he was admitted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with suspected appendicitis and spent two weeks as an inpatient. Sadly, the cause of his now long-term inflammation of the gut is still a mystery.

Given his ongoing medical condition, Ben has decided to raise money for the research into paediatric gastroenterology taking place at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, headed up by Dr Matthias Zilbauer, Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology. The outcome of this research is to gain a better understanding of bowel inflammation in children, which is the direct cause of symptoms in diseases such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease, for which there is currently no cure.

Ben explains his reasons for undertaking the challenge, saying: “I want to prove that despite the fact I am in constant pain, I can still do this. I won’t let it stop me achieving my goal and if I can inspire other young people to think the same way, whatever personal challenges they face, then it will all be worth it.”

You can read about Be's journey on his blog: https://benedwardspolaroceanchallenge.wordpress.com/







Donations

Wow, "Benji", what an achievement - I am so proud of you!

£100.00

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Donated by Wendy Mayer 22/06/2017

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Donated by Antony Holt 04/04/2017

Offline donation

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£472.00

Collection received at Ben's Presentation Evening

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Donated by Anonymous 30/01/2017

Well done for an amazingly detailed presentation of a momentous adventure for a noteworthy cause

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Donated by Anonymous 26/01/2017

Well done Ben ! Good luck on your next trip !

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Donated by Zaylie Ahluwalia 26/01/2017

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Donated by Anonymous 05/01/2017

A little more from sale of crocheted items.

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Donated by Anonymous 05/01/2017

Exceedingly well done Benji.
G&G

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Donated by Daphne Edwards 22/12/2016

A great cause

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Donated by Anonymous 20/12/2016

What an achievment. I am full of admiration.

£150.00

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Donated by Anonymous 19/12/2016

Christmas cards

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Donated by Rosalind Smith 14/12/2016

proceeds from sale of knitted items

£45.50

Donated by Barbara Smith 07/12/2016

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Donated by Susannah Van Staten 06/12/2016

Well done on your achievement!

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Donated by Susannah Van Staten 27/11/2016

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Donated by Anonymous 25/11/2016

Well done Ben, a great achievement and a great cause.

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Donated by Anonymous 25/11/2016

Barbara Smith 

£140.11

Congratulations on your safe return, and a successful voyage!

The Kilcoyne Family

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Donated by Anonymous 18/11/2016

Raised from Daphne's coffee morning held at Christ Church Little Heath

£415.00

An amazing achievement and a very worthwhile cause.
Olivia Harrison

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Donated by Olivia Harrison 02/11/2016

Well done, Ben!

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Donated by Simon Costa 30/10/2016

Great to have you back again

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Donated by Oscar Pérez 28/10/2016

Well done Benji - what an epic!

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Donated by Steven Edwards 27/10/2016

Well done Ben fantastic achievement, love tracey

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Donated by Tracey Jones 26/10/2016

DB

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Donated by Anonymous 25/10/2016

Very well done Benji. with love, Gran and Grandpa

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Donated by John Edwards 25/10/2016

Well done Ben. Love from Ann and Cyril

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Donated by Anonymous 21/10/2016

Well done Ben! A fantastic achievement, both the sailing and keeping the log contributions flowing. I expect it will feel very strange sleeping in a bed again!

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Donated by Bob Bradfield 20/10/2016

Amazing effort! Many congratulations!

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Donated by Anonymous 19/10/2016

We've followed you all the way. Well done Ben!

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Donated by Anonymous 19/10/2016

Well done Ben and a great research project to support

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Donated by Anonymous 18/10/2016

Congratulations! Well done Benji.

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Donated by Anonymous 18/10/2016

Congratulations on your epic voyage

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Donated by Margaret Gorely 17/10/2016

This donation may well come towards the end of your expedition, but the cause you are supporting goes on beyond it. What a summer you have spent - one I am sure you will never forget.

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Donated by Rachel Sinfield 28/08/2016

Beware the polar bears! Best wishes Phil & Mary-Ann

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Donated by Philip Claridge 08/08/2016

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Donated by Anonymous 28/07/2016

Hi Ben,

Hope you know a few sea shanties to keep the team amused!

From Sibyl and the team at Kay Pilsbury Thomas Architects

ps perhaps a bit of northern rock can be brought back to build into the new wall...

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Donated by Sibyl Thomas 21/06/2016

Bon voyage! I will double this if you keep up your blog for the whole trip.

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Donated by Margaret Gorely 17/06/2016

Hope all goes well with the trip, Ben, and good to see you supporting such a great cause.

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Donated by Graham Burling 17/06/2016

Good luck Ben, yes another amazing adventure for the Edwards Family and it is good to see the money is going to such a great cause. Hope all goes well.
From all at S-Tech Insurance Services

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Donated by Anonymous 17/06/2016

Good luck Benj! Have a great trip :)

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Donated by Caroline Sayer 16/06/2016

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff  (Sponsor)

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Spectrum Equity (Sponsor)

£500.00

BestCourse4me (Sponsor)

£250.00

Rose Builders (Sponsor)

£500.00

East Anglian Sea School (Sponsor)

£250.00

Good luck for the journey

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Donated by Andrew Nix 08/06/2016

I'm very jealous. It will be a grand adventure. Don't forget to look after Magnus!

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Donated by Alasdair Flint 01/06/2016

Good luck Ben!
From Julia and Graham Darling

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Donated by Julia Darling 31/05/2016

Well done Ben - a great adventure supporting a great cause .

Angie and Chris

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Donated by Christopher J Rees 30/05/2016

From Constance

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Donated by Anonymous 30/05/2016

Here's hoping for plain sailing ,Ben.

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Donated by David Henry 28/05/2016

Thank you for helping to fund research that could ease the suffering of my 5 year old grandchild, who has just been diagnosed with UBD

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Donated by Lesley Williams 24/05/2016

Ride those waves Ben & enjoy

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Donated by Alice Holmes 23/05/2016

Good luck Ben! Enjoy!
Lindsay

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Donated by Lindsay Dodsworth 22/05/2016

Ben
Get that Gortex zipped up tight and enjoy!

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Donated by Anonymous 21/05/2016

Good Luck! Enjoy every minute.

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Donated by Chris Philpot 21/05/2016

Very best wishes

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Donated by Helen Howe 20/05/2016

Good luck Ben, Ros and Steve; from Kim and Barnaby Clark

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Donated by Barnaby Clark 20/05/2016

Best of luck!

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Donated by Bonnie Carr 20/05/2016

Good luck Ben from Andy, Paul, Andrew, Kinsey and Phil and all the guys on site.

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Donated by Steven Rose 20/05/2016

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Donated by Anonymous 19/05/2016

Good luck with this amazing challenge.
Best wishes,
Fiona Cornish

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Donated by Fiona Cornish 18/05/2016

Epic adventure!
Good luck Ben and enjoy the trip....

Matthew & Marlies

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Donated by Matthew Lynwood 18/05/2016

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Donated by Anonymous 18/05/2016

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Donated by Anonymous 18/05/2016

Looking forward to hearing you've made it back through the North West Passage!

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Donated by Alastair J Reid 30/04/2016

Donated by Robin Adams

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Good luck Benji, love Tones and Ali x

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Donated by Alison St Helene 28/04/2016

Good luck Ben on both your fantastic trip and with your fundraising for Addenbrooke's Hospital

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Donated by Anonymous 28/04/2016

This is an incredible challenge Ben, the very best of luck with it.

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Donated by Paul Hebden 27/04/2016

Good luck Ben. Love from Mum. Xx

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Donated by Rosalind Smith 25/04/2016