Greig Trout isn’t your average New Zealand traveller.
The 35-year-old Scot has survived cancer twice and is now travelling the globe raising money for charity and completing his own website wish list, 101 things to do when you survive.
On that list was a skydive in Queenstown, something he describes as spectacular.
“It was such a beautiful day, seeing the Remarkables, the lake – it was mesmerising. Even more beautiful than I thought it would be.”
He has a fear of heights, so he’s hugely proud of the New Year’s Day jump.
The former crime scene investigator for London Metropolitan Police was diagnosed with cancer at the age of seven with a ‘stage four’ Wilms tumour.
The tumour was the size of a melon and he had one kidney removed as well as extensive chemo and radiotherapy.
At the age of 21 he was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis believed to be a result of the radiotherapy treatment.
Then, when he turned 30, it returned and Trout was diagnosed with bowel cancer.
“When I was told by the doctor my worst fear had come true, the cancer was back.
“I passed out, I was crying; it was crap,” he says.
While he beat the cancer again, he struggled and was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.
He had insomnia, severe eczema, night sweats and itching all over his body.
Trout says: “I was gripped by the fear of the cancer coming back.”
A determined individual, he wasn’t prepared to let cancer continue to rule his life – and 101 was born.
A website designed to give people suffering with cancer ideas of things they can look forward to doing when they survive.
“It took me two bouts of cancer and the breakup of a relationship to pull my socks up.
“There is life after cancer – you have to grab life and then wonderful things can happen.
“I want to share my story, talking about the physical and emotional aspects of the disease.”
His journey has taken him across South America, the United States and Australia.
But NZ was the inspiration for the trip.
“I am a Lord of the Rings geek, and this [NZ] has been my dream country for so long.”
An inspirational char-acter with immense strength, Trout adds: “Don’t give up hope, hope is the best thing. Be good to yourself – and be happy.”
Queenstown skydive company NZONE sponsored the jump.
Business development manager Derek Melnick says supporting Trout’s cause was something they felt compelled to do.
Trout plans to return to the UK mid-year and hopes to launch a charity.