Teignmouth's Joanne Smith sets out to trek to Everest Base Camp - Teignternet

Teignmouth’s Joanne Smith sets out to trek to Everest Base Camp

Intrepid Teignmouth resident, Joanne Smith, is about to set out on a trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, and plans to raise over £4,000 for Rowcroft, South Devon’s only adult hospice.

Joanne Smith preparing for the cold in Iceland

Joanne, aged 30, is an accountant at Greenwood Accountancy and a member of ALIVE Fitness and Sport. She is determined to complete the trek because earlier this year a friend of hers spent the last hours of her life in Rowcroft aged just 29. It made Joanne realise what Rowcroft are and what they do and the importance of raising much needed funds for them. This opened her eyes and Joanne realised that everybody she knows has a connection to Rowcroft, having either experienced the Hospice’s services personally or knowing someone close to them that has. It was her friend’s wish to donate money to Rowcroft instead of buying flowers for her funeral. Joanne decided to take this one step further and try to raise this much needed funds by pushing herself to her physical and mental limits.

Joanne said ‘I’m now training to reach my peak fitness so I can be confident I can achieve this once-in-a-lifetime challenge whilst raising money for Rowcroft; a truly deserving cause, which is very close to my heart.’

Joanne Smith training for her trek

Heather Norman-Soderlind, Rowcroft’s Community Fundraising Manager said: ‘We are delighted that Joanne has signed up for our Everest Base Camp Trek. She is one of the very first to enter this brand new challenge we are promoting to raise badly needed income to help the Hospice continue to deliver services to those with progressive, life-limiting illness in our county.’

Joanne’ high altitude trek will take her to Base Camp of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on the planet at 8,848 metres. She will travel via the Sherpa capital of Nache Bazaar through beautiful valleys, dense forests and across glacial rivers and rocky slopes. The trek will take 19 days end to end and Joanne will set out on 7th November next year.

To support Joanne Smith’s charity challenge, visit: www.justgiving.com/JoanneSmith13. To follow all the highs and lows of training and the actual challenge itself, you can also like Joanne’s Facebook page.

Readers who would like to find out more how to enter Rowcroft’s Everest Base Camp Trek for themselves, visit: http://www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/supporting-rowcroft/overseas-extreme-challenges

About Rowcroft and/or how to sign up for the Everest Base Camp Challenge: contact Heather Norman-Soderlind on 01803 210 846 or heather.norman-soderlind@rowcroft-hospice.org.uk

Rowcroft Hospice cares for people who are living with progressive, life-limiting illness. Its special care and support looks after the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of patients and their families in South Devon. Care is given free of charge and Rowcroft Hospice cares for over 1,800 people each year. Rowcroft is a registered charity and needs to raise £7.5 million each year to continue to provide care services.

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