A former Skegness student, recently returned from scaling the world’s tallest mountain, says it was the hardest but most rewarding thing she has ever done.
Hannah Brown took part in a gruelling expedition to Mount Everest’s base camp in aid of Childreach International for whom she raised more than £2,500 at events in Skegness and Chapel St Leonards.
“After getting to base camp we were all very relieved it was over and we had made it, but it was also a great achievement,” said Hannah. “It is probably the best feeling knowing that I have completed it for me but also raised all that money to help the charity.”
Hannah touched down in Nepal with 30 fellow Nottingham Trent University students and was instantly struck by the strangeness of her new surroundings.
“We saw cows just wandering down the roads and monkeys hanging from wires!” she said. “It couldn’t have been more different from home.”
The group, who had all raised at least £2,500 for Childreach International before setting out on the expedition, first volunteered to support one of the charity’s local projects - building a school for disabled children.
“We got to interact with the children - knowing that they were going to benefit from what we were doing and the money that was raised was very rewarding,” said Hannah.
The former Skegness Grammar School student then embarked on the expedition, climbing more than 5,000 feet through the Himalayan foothills to base camp over 14 days of intensive trekking.
Although Hannah and her fellow travellers each suffered altitude sickness and burned in the blistering sun, they all completed the expedition, exhausted and sore but elated.
“Now that I have trekked to the base camp of Everest and, having been on a mountain for two weeks without any contact with home and no electricity or hot water most of the time, I’m not in a rush to go back to another mountain, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone that is thinking of doing something different,” she said.
“Even though it was the hardest thing I’ve probably ever taken on in my life, it was definitely the most rewarding and I’m glad I did it.”
Hannah has also thanked the many local people who helped with her fundraising.