Sarah’s climbing for the kids

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A FORMER Woldgate College pupil will take on the physical challenge of her life when she tackles Mount Everest for children’s charity, Childreach.

Sarah Bennett, 20, plans to join fellow students at the University of Aberdeen on an 18,000 feet climb to Everest’s South base camp.

The 11-day trek will take place in June but Sarah needs to raise another £700 by 28 April to meet her £2,440 target for travel costs and donations to the Childreach cause.

Sarah, who lives in Allerthorpe out of term time, is no stranger to charity and voluntary work after spending last year in Namibia as part of Project Trust.

And the English Language and Linguistics student is keen to carry on the good work with over £1,200 already raised towards Childreach, which improves children’s access to healthcare, education and protection in the developing world.

“I knew even before I left Namibia that I wanted to get involved with charity work and volunteering when I came to uni,” Sarah said.

“Seeing what can be done with the money raised puts it all into perspective and makes the hard work involved so worth it. “

Childreach is active in seven countries including India, Tanzania, Bangladesh and the mountainous Nepal, the country where Sarah will start her Everest adventure.

“Childreach is a fantastic charity,’ Sarah added. “Part of the reason I was so enamoured with them is because they encourage the local communities, families and children to take charge of the projects.

“It’s a partnership with the communities rather than just outside help.”

Despite her exploits in Namibia, Sarah is new to mountain climbing and admits the trek will throw up numerous challenges, most of all the acclimatisation to the mountain and the risk of adverse weather.

“We’re going to have a few practice expeditions to Bennachie and other places in Aberdeenshire but I’m not exactly a mountain climber so it’s a definite personal challenge.

“Everyone else in the group is in the same situation as me though so I’m sure we’ll keep each other motivated.

“Visiting the projects while we’re in Nepal will also be a massive motivation.”

To support Sarah’s expedition and donate to Childreach visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/SarahBennett3.

To sponsor Sarah during her Everest adventure contact her at sebennett02@hotmail.co.uk.