We caught up with Morton Michel MD Sue Lee to talk to her about her recent challenge, trekking the Mont Blanc Massif as part of The Insurance United against Dementia (IUAD) campaign.
The below video contains some 'best bits' from the trek:
1. Can you tell us a bit more about InsureTrek18 and The Insurance United against Dementia (IUAD) campaign?
Sadly every single one of us will experience dementia at some point, whether through a spouse, family member, friend or colleague.
The Insurance United Against Dementia (IUAD) campaign, working in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society, is bringing together senior leaders in the insurance sector to drive awareness of dementia and to raise £10 million to support pioneering research programmes into the treatment and cure of the condition.
2. What did you find the hardest in the 3 days of the trek?
I was initially a bit nervous about spending 4 days with 25 people that I knew little about, especially sharing dorms, facilities etc. However, that soon passed as they were a great team!
I tend to tackle physical exertion with a “can-do” attitude so I was not particularly nervous about the trek itself. However, climbing to 2500 metres on the first day was harder than I ever imagined!
3. How did the team support each other?
Generally by laughter! There were a couple of existing injuries to contend with so people generally held back with others and that helped them through the difficult bits. We also had a Doctor with us and some great guides who were amazingly supportive too.
4. What was your personal highlight of the trek?
I kept saying throughout the trip that everyday was just getting even better than the day before so it was all absolutely brilliant!
But my personal favourite was Day 3 – it had everything! There was a climb up to 2000m and then as hard a descent but the scenery was just breathtaking - pine trees, mountain tops, waterfalls and all in beautiful sunshine. We were so lucky with the weather.
As it got to our last day we were tired and weary but the conversation and laughter just got sillier!
5. Has this inspired you to set yourself a new challenge in the future?
I have done lots of challenges this year so I have promised my family a bit of time off from training for marathons and epic treks…..but let’s wait and see!!
£100,085.00 has been raised so far so a huge THANK YOU to everyone that has supported this fantastic initative!
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