Pair to trek up mountain peak

PUBLISHED: 15:32 22 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 31 May 2010

FOLLOWING in the footsteps of the late Sir Edmund Hilary, a Balsham mother and daughter are heading to the world s highest peak in the name of charity. Emma Newcomb, 27, and mother Marion, 54, are preparing to take on a hugely demanding challenge by trekk

FOLLOWING in the footsteps of the late Sir Edmund Hilary, a Balsham mother and daughter are heading to the world's highest peak in the name of charity.

Emma Newcomb, 27, and mother Marion, 54, are preparing to take on a hugely demanding challenge by trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest to raise money for Diabetes UK.

Emma said: "It is certainly going to be a challenge. I've been diabetic for 24 years and never done anything to help raise money to fund research into the condition. Having the opportunity to go to Everest is just amazing; doing it to raise money for Diabetes UK makes it all the more worthwhile."

The 16-day adventure in October will see Emma and her mother reach heights of 5500m - well over halfway up the 8848m mountain peak. The trek will take in precipitous heights and hours on end of exhausting high-altitude walking, but surprisingly, Emma's greatest worry relates to neither of those things.

"I'm really not a big fan of small planes," she said. "We have to travel from Kathmandu to the starting point of our trek on what's been described to me as 'a small plane', so I'm a bit apprehensive about that.

"As far as the walking goes though, I'm looking forward to it. I go to the gym five or six times a week, my mother three or four, so I'm sure we'll be in good physical shape for it.

"In August we're travelling to Snowdon to meet the other people going on the trek and find out a bit more about what to expect, and we'll be doing some good cross-country walks as we get closer to the trip, so we should be well prepared."

Emma and Marion will be camping en route, following well-walked routes in the company of Sherpas. Travelling uphill, traversing rivers and the unforgiving Himalayan landscape, the trekkers will reach their highest point at Kalapathar, where they will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and peaks, including the highest point on the earth's surface, Mount Everest.

Emma and Marion need to raise at least £5000 in sponsorship by the end of July to complete their once-in-a-lifetime challenge. Anyone who wants to contribute to their cause and help diabetics across the UK should call Emma on 07811 138158.

Emma was diagnosed with diabetes when she was three years old, and has to take five or six insulin injections each day.

She said: "I'm doing this to raise money for an important cause and to say to people: yes, I'm diabetic, but I can still climb halfway up Everest!

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