York Nepal trekKers return
11:02am 25th November 2010
Eleven intrepid trekkers who walked in the Himalayas to raise funds for York’s St Leonard’s Hospice in its Silver Jubilee Year have returned to the city, elated and moved by their experiences.
The group, which included the Hospice’s Chairman of Trustees, Graham Millar, his wife Margaret and her daughter Lucy Robertson, another Trustee, Michael Sturge and his wife Lotti, and the Hospice’s Director of Fundraising, Janet Morley, and her husband Phil, and four other Hospice supporters flew to Kathmandu before their six-day trek. It took them thousands of feet up into the mountains, on routes not often used by Europeans.
‘It was challenging, emotional, physically hard, exciting and humbling,’ says Janet. ‘It was certainly the opportunity of a lifetime – and we all said that it was really life-changing. We passed through very remote villages, where we were met with smiles and curiosity. The villagers made us so welcome! They often gave us flower garlands – all they had to offer us – and were interested in where we came from. Funnily enough, the children knew about David Beckham!
‘As part of our trek, which was organised by Community Action Treks (CAT), we visited two schools, which are supported by the group’s charity, Community Action Nepal. Our group took along pencils, papers and footballs (with pumps to inflate them) for the schools.
‘CAT’s organisation, with its insistence in ethical dealings with the Nepali people, was wonderful; the sherpas were great, the food was unusual but fantastic, and our group really gelled – everyone helped each other when the route got more challenging. And it was all in such unbelievably beautiful scenery! It was a great experience, and showed us that the things we take for granted are not available to everyone.’
The group is still gathering in the money it has raised for St Leonard’s in sponsorship, which will go towards helping the Hospice care for local people and their families.
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