On 9th November, a 32-strong team of Prevent Breast Cancer supporters took on the challenge of a lifetime – trekking to Everest Base Camp!
After months of practice walks, battling the elements and tackling increasingly tough terrain, our team of intrepid climbers are ready to don their thermals and head to Nepal, all in aid of Prevent. The team – which includes Coronation Street icon and Prevent patron, Sally Dynevor, as well as our Executive Director, Nikki Barraclough – will be heading to the world’s largest mountain, spending between five and seven hours a day climbing, over the course of 12 days.
Our amazing supporters have been putting themselves through their paces training with Adventure Peaks, who have organised the trek. They arranged a series of weekend training walks in the Lake District, which were carefully planned to gradually build up the participants’ fitness, as well as making our team feel more confident taking on longer distance treks.
As well as their training, our team have been working hard to fundraise for the challenge, with each member raising thousands of pounds for Prevent Breast Cancer.
So, what will they be up against? After arriving at Kathmandu and having a few days to acclimatise to their surroundings, our team will be facing the ultimate ascent – all 5,554m of it until they reach Base Camp! They will be facing adverse weather conditions and sub-zero temperatures, pushing themselves to the limits to raise vital funds for our charity.
It’s not going to be easy, but our inspiring team of supporters each have their own personal reasons for wanting to take on the challenge. From those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to those who are doing it in memory of a loved one, the team has been brought together by a passion to prevent breast cancer.
One of our climbers, Yasmin Haque, who is taking on Everest alongside her daughter Amber, said: “I was diagnosed with breast cancer nine years ago. At the time, my two children were in school. It was an incredibly difficult time – I wanted to be strong for my children, but it’s such devastating news to hear.
“A lot of reflection went into my decision to sign up for the Everest trek. I was discharged from the hospital last year, so I did have some worries – am I biting off more than I can chew? Am I fit enough? In the end, I decided to take a chance on it. I knew it would be an amazing experience and an opportunity to raise money for Prevent. The fact that my daughter has signed up too will make it even more special.”
Our very own Director Nikki is also taking part in the challenge. She said: “There are so many reasons why I signed up for the trek. For a start, as Executive Director of Prevent, I spend a lot of time explaining to people why they should fundraise, so I decided I should lead by example!
“Ultimately, I’m doing it because it’s such an incredible charity. A future free from breast cancer is achievable, we just need to keep raising awareness and funding more research to make sure we’re doing everything we can to protect future generations from this devastating disease.”