Richard Effemy, 57, from Swanage, successfully reached Everest Base Camp in aid of Langside – the special school run by Dorset charity, Diverse Abilities, that supports pupils aged two to 19 with profound and multiple learning disabilities and complex medical needs.
In preparation for the challenge, Richard trained regularly by walking across the Purbecks with his dog Peggy. He also went for long runs and bike rides, and prepared his body for the high-altitude levels by using an altitude training mask.
During the challenging 14-day trek the route took Richard and his group through magnificent forests, with a glimpse of the mountains ahead. They walked between six and seven hours a day, totalling between six to ten miles.
On day nine of the challenge, Richard reached base camp with an altitude level of 5,364 metres. He said: “It was such an amazing feeling to reach base camp. There were many tough times during the challenge, and sometimes I felt I wanted to stop, but the rest of the group kept me going and I just thought of all the children at Langside as they were the reason I chose to climb Everest.
“The whole challenge was a once in a lifetime experience and Diverse Abilities is a wonderful cause. I am already considering what my next challenge might be!”
Richard took on Everest Base Camp to raise funds for Langside because he has a friend that works at the charity run special school. He also understands the trials and tribulations that the children that attend the school have to face every day, due to having a brain haemorrhage at a young age. Since that day, Richard struggles to read so can relate to the children and wanted to make a difference.
In the lead up to the trek, Richard visited Langside a number of times and was so impressed with the positive and happy atmosphere. He said: “The school looks after children with multiple and complex needs. The visit inspired and humbled me. At times along the trek, when I found it hard and was struggling, I just thought of all the wonderful children that I was fundraising for. I just had to keep going.”
To date Richard has raised over £1,000 but would like reach £1,600. To sponsor him for his amazing achievement please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-effemy4
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