Pirton fundraiser’s stand-up comedy night ahead of Argentine challenge

PUBLISHED: 09:57 04 March 2018

Philip Turner during the Sahara Desert Trek in 2015. Picture: Courtesy of Philip Turner

Philip Turner during the Sahara Desert Trek in 2015. Picture: Courtesy of Philip Turner

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A fitness consultant who is set to trek across Argentina for charity is holding a fundraising comedy night next weekend.

Philip Turner during the Coast-to-Coast Rainforest Trek in Costa Rica in 2016. Picture: Courtesy of Philip TurnerPhilip Turner during the Coast-to-Coast Rainforest Trek in Costa Rica in 2016. Picture: Courtesy of Philip Turner

Philip Turner is putting on the event in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society at Pirton Village Hall next Saturday night, with three stand-up comedians and compere Lewis Bryan.

The event is to raise funds ahead of Philip’s mammoth challenge for the Alzheimer’s charity, which will see him trek 100km across the Patagonia region of southern Argentina.

The cause is a special one to Philip, from Pirton, as his wife works in care homes with older people affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“She has always done this, so it’s quite close to our hearts,” he told the Comet.

Philip Turner during the Sahara Desert Trek in 2015. Picture: Courtesy of Philip TurnerPhilip Turner during the Sahara Desert Trek in 2015. Picture: Courtesy of Philip Turner

Philip’s South American adventure, in November, will take him 100km across the freezing cold and remote wilderness of the continent’s final frontier.

Some of the obstacles standing in his way are Viedma Glacier, Pollone Glacier, and the Estancia Los Huemules, Laguna Torre and Pliegue Tumbado trek.

“All this will take us through a range of temperatures,” said Philip.

“It can be 30°C to 35°C, and by the time you get to the glaciers it could be -20°C.

“Patagonia goes across into Chile as well, but this will all be on the Argentine side. Ths finish point is El Calafate in the country’s far south-west.

“We’ve been told we’ve got seven days of consectutive very long distances on this trek. The Patagonian mountains are very unpredictable.”

Previous charity challenges hardy Philip has conquered include the Sahara Desert Trek – 100km across the sands of Morocco in west Africa – and the Coast-to-Coast Rainforest Trek across Costa Rica in Central America.

The comedy show starts at 8.30pm at Pirton Village Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 each.

There will be a full bar and snacks available on the night, and all proceeds from tickets and drinks sales go to the Alzheimer’s Society.

To find out more, email philip@philipturnerfitness.com, have a look online at facebook.com/Pirtoncomedynight, or see justgiving.com/philip-turner16. You can also call Philip on 01462 712305 or 07748 154249.

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