A team from Herefordshire are the largest group of women to ever reach Everest Base Camp.
The 30 women are also on track to raise more money than planned for their two chosen charities after completing the challenge to climb 5,000m above sea-level.
Funds were raised for two charities, one of which was the Community Action Nepal (CAN), and the money will pay for a home for elderly residents in the Langtang Valley in Nepal, which was devastated by an earthquake in 2015.
The second charity, Families’ Activity Breaks (FAB), will receive £60,000 to help bereaved children from military families to rebuild their lives – the charity, which supports all three forces, provides fun and challenging activity camps around the UK for bereaved military families.
Rebecca Kirk, from Harrison Clark Rickerbys, who took part in the expedition, said: “A few of us even managed to summit Kalapatar (5500m) the following morning, to watch the sun rise over Everest. We are the largest group of women ever to reach Everest Base Camp and that is quite an achievement.
“It was incredibly tough but we didn’t only reach base camp, it also looks like we will smash our fundraising target of £120,000. We have been blown away by the support we have received and the interest that our trek has generated.”
The women trained for more than 18 months for the trek; it took seven days to reach the base camp and three to come down from it.
They raised funds at Hereford’s Armed Forces Day celebration, as well as organising numerous charity events and getting sponsorship and donations from colleagues, employers, friends and families – including from Harrison Clark Rickerbys and other local businesses.
Rebecca added: “It really has been the most incredible experience and one which I am extremely proud to have been involved in. To know that we have made a difference, however small, is an amazing thing but we really could not have done it without the support of our families, friends and colleagues along the way – so thank you.”
Source: Hereford Times