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Everest challenge for hospice fundraiser

This November a local man will embark on the challenge of a lifetime as he tackles the Everest 3 Peaks 3 Passes Trek in Nepal, whilst raising vital income for a local hospice.

On Saturday 6 November Simon Stewart will begin his 19-day challenge, which will see Simon reaching Everest Base Camp before trekking the three high passes of Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La, all standing at over 17,000 feet. The challenge will be special for Simon as he supports the vital care and compassion provided at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice.

Simon, who lives in Brampton but is originally from Kendal, explained, “I am a committed fell walker and have done most of the Eden Valley fells and the highest peaks in Scafell and Ben Nevis. I have a background in endurance events and a sports background in triathlons and marathon running when I was younger, having completed the London and New York marathons and Ironman triathlons in France and Austria.

“I am older now but always looking for a new challenge and Everest Base Camp and Three Peaks was on my bucket list of trying to achieve while still fit enough.

“I know the amazing work the hospice movement do with little government funding. My dad died of cancer at 54, he did not need a hospice, but he had excellent care and support.

“This year with Covid made me reflect and realise I would love to try and help raise as much as I can for Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw.”

The altitude and steep inclines will make Simon’s challenge one of the most demanding treks in the Everest region. However, the spectacular views make the tough journey worthwhile and the experience of natural and cultural beauty offered by the Khumbu region of Nepal literally takes your breath away.

Simon, 53 and a former Firefighter, continued “I am lucky to have a good career in the Fire Service for 19 years as a Firefighter, Watch Manager and Fire Safety Manager and have ran my own fire safety consultancy business for the last 11 years. I am in a position where I am reaching retirement and want to give something back.

“I am most looking forward to seeing if I can summit the three passes at almost 18,00ft, the amazing scenery, challenging myself at high altitude, the sub-zero conditions, being part of a small expedition team and the camaraderie this will create.

“However, I am not looking forward to the effect of the high altitude on me and if I got really bad altitude sickness and could not continue. This is an unknown and everyone reacts differently which has no reflection on fitness.”

Simon will be funding the Everest 3 Peaks 3 Passes Trek himself, meaning every donation made to support his fundraising will go directly to Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw. The money raised by Simon will allow the local charity to provide vital and specialist care and compassion to local people with life limiting illnesses. If you would like to sponsor Simon as he takes part in the Everest 3 Peaks 3 Passes Trek please click here.

2021 is a special and significant year for Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw as it marks three decades of caring for local people with life limiting illnesses. For over 30 years the support of the local community has helped to build the hospice, purchase specialist equipment and provide vital care to local people with life limiting illnesses. Every donation helps the local community.

If you would like to see the beauty of Nepal whilst supporting Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, in 2022 the local charity will be hosting a special Trek Nepal and Community Project fundraising challenge. Registration for the 12 day challenge is now open and for more information please click here, call the Fundraising Team on 01228 810801 or email fundraising@edenvalleyhospice.org