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Monday, 01 September 2014

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David tackles Everest to boost Danica’s Dream fund

A CHALLENGING trek to Everest by a West Lakes Academy pupil has helped raise over £700 for Danica’s Dream Fund.THE total now raised by Danica’s Dream Fund stands at £40,000, with £20,000 already handed out to families with sick or very ill children.

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REaching new heights: David King at the foot of Everest

By Julie Morgan

Fifteen-year-old David King walked nearly 140kms, carried his own luggage, avoided falling boulders and landslides as well as suffering altitude sickness on his journey.

The teenager, who lives in Eskdale, was taking part in a recent 12-day trek to Everest base camp to boost the Dream Fund as well as supporting a school in Nepal.

David said: “As this was for a charity I wanted it to be as challenging as possible. Therefore, I decided not to have any porters carrying my luggage, meaning my backpack weighed about 15kg.’’

He encountered many dangers such as landslides and avalanches before he reached Everest Base Camp. “I even witnessed an avalanche for the first time on one of the mountains in front of Mt Everest called Nuptse.

“Also, the final few kilometres before I reached Base Camp there were many land slides endangering the trekkers on the path as beneath our feet was the Khumbu Glacier originating from Everest,’’ David explained. “I needed to walk very fast to avoid being hit by huge tumbling boulders. A metal bridge was subsequently snapped in half and completely destroyed by landslide.’’

He explained how altitude sickness was also a problem. “I suffered from headaches and migraines as the oxygen rate at Everest Base camp was 50 per cent compared to 100 per cent at sea level.

“Freezing temperatures at higher altitudes reached –10C at night inside the lodges. My water bottles were frozen in the morning!’’

David, who carried out the trek with his mum, had planned to reach Everest base camp. “However, I couldn’t reach it the day I planned as there was a snowstorm and I would have been in danger of getting lost as visibility was very poor.’’

Since returning he has given a talk about the trek to pupils at West Lakes Academy. The figure raised by the trek stands at £703.37, with collections still being taken at the Academy.

In January, the fund became a registered charity and is aiming to reach the £50,000 mark by the end of the year. To donate go to www.everyclick.com/danicasdreamfund

Thanks go to recent fundraisers Darren and John Hendren (£560); ESKK karate club (£60); New Year’s Dip (£300); Coleridge stores, Egremont (£115); Julie Robinson and Demtech (£133); Arran George and the Westlakes Academy students (£370).

As well as £2,080 from an Easter prize bingo and £160 from Rhona Bell.

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