A Malpas teenager is aiming to raise at least £4,000 in his grandmother’s memory on a charity trek to the foot of Mount Everest.
Former Bishop Heber High School student Thomas Barrett will take on one of the biggest challenges of his life next year when he scales the base camp of the highest mountain in the world at an altitude of more than 17,000ft.
Thomas, 19, who is studying neuroscience at the University of Central Lancashire, is attempting the courageous feat to raise money for the Brain Research Trust which is a key centre for neuro research.
During the dizzy heights of the gruelling 16-day challenge which begins on September 27, he’ll have one person on his mind - his grandmother who passed away in 1999 after a 26-year battle with multiple sclerosis.
Thomas, from Nomansheath, said: “I’m doing this not only from an academic point of view because I have an interest in neuroscience research but in memory of my grandma.
“Multiple Sclerosis is one of the key topics in need of further research so if I can help raise some money to fund this that would be great.
“I'm really excited about going as I’m an avid hiker and I've always wanted to head to the Everest region.
“I’ve have done the Great North Run for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust in the past and numerous events through scouting but nothing on this scale.
“I’m training hard and enjoying it thoroughly - I love a good bit of hiking and outdoors, and I love travelling.”
Thomas added: “The trip itself will not only raise money for charity but will also be the subject of a third year study by myself on behalf of the University of Central Lancashire.”
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