James targets Everest trek

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A STUDENT from Gestingthorpe is set to scale the heights of the world’s biggest mountain as he bids to raise funds for a children’s charity.

James Padgett will attempt to trek 18,000 feet up Mount Everest as part of a team of 16 hoping to raise money for Childreach International later this month.

The 22-year-old, who recently completed a French degree at the University of Nottingham, said he wanted to take on the challenge after hearing of the work the charity does in developing countries to improve the lives of children.

“It is only a few weeks away and, although I’m excited, I’m also quite apprehensive,” said James, who is planning to study for a masters in France after the trip.

“I’ve been reading up about high altitude and some of the horror stories, which are a bit scary, but I’ve been preparing for a long time.”

In order to make the trip possible, James has already raised more than £2,400 and is keen to begin the trek from Lukla, in the mountain’s foothills.

He said it was expected to take the group seven days to reach the summit and a further four days to make the descent.

“I think the cold will probably be the hardest thing, just because it is so different to what we are used to,” he said.

“I’m just glad we will be in a team and I want to raise as much money as we can.”

During the trip, James will also visit a number of Childreach-funded projects in Nepal to see for himself the work the charity does in providing food, water and shelter for youngsters.

To sponsor James on his challenge, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com and search for James Padgett.