The Welwyn & Hatfield Times – Andrew’s bid to conquer Everest

The Welwyn & Hatfield Times – Andrew’s bid to conquer Everest

22 May 2007
EDITORIAL – whtimes@archant.co.uk

MOUNT Everest is the destination for a Times Territory man set to trek for over two weeks in aid of a children’s charity.

Andrew Marsden, of Brookmans Park, will scale mountain faces and undulating trails on an 18-day trudge to the foot of the world’s uppermost peak.

Mr Marsden, a father-of-two from Calder Avenue, is aiming to raise £5,000 for Sense International, a charity for deaf and blind children later in the year.

He said: “I see this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be following in the footsteps of the great explorers through some of the most breathtaking scenery on earth to the roof of the world.”

“My own children are very privileged when some have nothing like what they have.

“To take on such a terrific challenge, and to raise money for such a worthwhile cause at the same time, is enormously rewarding.”

The 46-year-old mechanic will be part of a group walking almost 150km from Lukla in Nepal to the 5,600-metre high, Mount Everest base camp.

Towering over them will be the summit of Everest, which stands at 8,848 metres (29,028ft).

He has started training for the arduous trek and has already climbed Mount Snowdon, the highest point in Wales.

Mr Mardsen is doing the London to Brighton cycle next month and will be organising a Nepalese-themed night for July to help raise sponsorship.

To find out more about Sense International go to www.senseinternational.org.uk or to support the cause visit justgiving.com/ andrewmarsden

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