Why are we doing it?


Raising money for: 

Pancreatic Cancer Action

Pancreatic Cancer Action's focus is on improving early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and improving the quality of life for those affected by pancreatic cancer.

Currently there are almost 10,000 people newly diagnosed a year with pancreatic cancer.  Pancreatic Cancer Action are on a mission to stamp out late detection which is the reason that the survival rate has remained at between 2% – 5% for nearly 50 years. They are doing this through supporting clinical research, medical education, raising symptom awareness, providing patients with info, campaigns and influence, and action in Europe.

To learn more about what they do, please click here.

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The prognosis for patients with Pancreatic Cancer has not improved over the last 40 years. With 338,000 new cases diagnosed and over 300,000 deaths per year around the world there is an urgent need to advance the treatment options available. Despite these dismal figures there are reasons to be hopeful. In recent years there have been significant advances in our understanding of the biology of this disease, leading to new treatment approaches and rational drug combination studies with a sound scientific basis. There is no doubt that this is a very difficult cancer to treat but the innovative work funded by charities such as Pancreatic Cancer Action is of paramount importance in making the progress necessary to improve patient outcomes. The charity also plays an essential role in raising awareness of pancreatic cancer and lobbying for greater support and action. As such, projects like Katie and Anna’s to raise much needed funds are vital and hugely appreciated by the research community.”

- Professor David Cunningham | MD FRCP FMedSci is a Consultant Medical Oncologist, Head of the Gastrointestinal and Lymphoma Unit and Director of Clinical Research at The Royal Marsden in London and Surrey in addition to Director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at The Royal Marsden and The Institute of Cancer Research.


Collaborating with:

FreshWater watch

For this expedition, Anna and Kate collaborated with FreshWater Watch, an Earthwatch research project investigating the health of global freshwater ecosystems on a scale never seen before. Predominantly using citizen science, this research is shared with governments around the world so we can play our part in tackling one of the greatest challenges of our time.

Water statistics:

  • More people die from poor quality water annually than from all forms of violence, including war.

  • As water quality declines, more than 50% of freshwater fish species are at risk of extinction.

  • Up to 30% of the nitrogen that is used in modern agriculture ends up in our fresh water.

  • A 300% rise in phosphates has led to an increase in algal blooms which can damage human health.

More information about FreshWater Watch and how you can get involved can be found here.

You can monitor our results as we cross the continent here.


Supported by:

The Young Explorers' Trust

The YET is an independent, nationally based, educational charity seeking to promote safe and responsible expeditions. In so doing it aims to give young people the opportunity to take part in exploration, discovery and challenging adventure to help foster the personal qualities of service, self-sufficiency and leadership.

The YET’s foremost function is to champion and encourage active, challenging and safe expeditions involving young people. It does this by providing advice and support to expedition leaders and all expedition providers, be they from a school, youth group, charity, voluntary, uniformed or commercial body, as well as by advocating the value of youth expeditions to parents, education managers, government and the media.