Trimley: Charity challenge taking Andrew to Everest base

Andrew King is climbing Everest for charity. Andrew walking near his house in Trimley St Mary with t

Andrew King is climbing Everest for charity. Andrew walking near his house in Trimley St Mary with the kit he will be using on his trek. - Credit: Archant

A keen walker is today preparing to take on the might of the Himalayas in a charity challenge to see Everest in all its glory.

Andrew King, of Trimley St Mary, is doing the challenge in November to raise funds for the children’s charity, Action Medical Research.

The first stage will start in Lukla, in north-east Nepal.

He will then trek along hillsides and ranges before reaching the summit of Kala Patthar, which gives people the best views of Everest, 10 days later.

Mr King said it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience but his thoughts will always be on the charity he is supporting, which works with children suffering a variety of illnesses and conditions.

He said: “I have experienced the devastating impact of prematurity and some other conditions that severely affect children from very close quarters and totally appreciate the pain, which comes with it.”

Jemma Jones, fundraiser with the charity, added: “Trekking to the Everest base camp is a once in a lifetime experience that most people only dream of doing.

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“Reaching the summit of Kala Patthar after 14 days trekking is a huge achievement, but coupled with the knowledge that you have made a difference for this worthy cause and helped us support sick babies and children is truly outstanding.”

Mr King hopes to raise £6,000 for the charity through online donations and fundraisers. To sponsor him go to www.action.org.uk/sponsor/andrewking1

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