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Cumbrian student sets her sights on epic Everest challenge

A student is preparing for an epic expedition to Mount Everest.

Maggie Wilson photo
Maggie Wilson

Maggie Wilson is to scale part of the world’s highest mountain on a charity mission. She’s aiming high to raise money for Help for Heroes and has already reached her £2,650 target to pay for the trip and help former soldiers.

The 19-year-old, from Geltsdale, Castle Carrock, will fly to Nepal at the end of August to climb the 5,364 metres to Everest’s base camp. And she hopes to add to her cash tally over the next few months.

Maggie said: “I have been overwhelmed by the generosity people have shown by donating and would like to thank everyone who has.

“Now that my target has been met all donations will go straight to Help for Heroes. I would be extremely grateful for any amount of donation.”

Though Maggie hasn’t done anything like this before, mum Judith describes her as a determined girl who has always set her sights high.

The challenge came about after a friend had seen it on Facebook. After a couple of days joking about joining, they signed up.

Maggie, a student at Newcastle University, said: “I have always wanted to challenge myself to do something like this in aid of charity but I have never really had the opportunity to do so.

“There is no reason other than that the opportunity to climb Everest was made available to me. But why not start with the biggest mountain in the world?

“I know it will not be easy but I am determined in nature and I will not give up. I feel that whatever I experience it will definitely be one of the most worthwhile trips of my lifetime. I think I will feel a great sense of achievement.”

Maggie is proud to be fundraising for Help for Heroes.

“The respect that people show towards the charity shows the valuable support it has given to people and their loved ones. Help for Heroes is in need of support now more than ever,” she added.

“With the news of the soldiers leaving Afghanistan by the end of the year people will be less inclined to donate to Help for Heroes. However, the soldiers left wounded have to live with their injuries for the rest of their lives.”

As well as the daunting task of climbing Mount Everest, Maggie’s biggest worry is that she will be away from home for 20 days.

“I’m a bit of a home girl and will have never gone this long without contacting my family. Mum and I are very close and struggle to go a day without talking.”

There is no training programme to follow but she must be able to walk five miles a day.

She plans to do a lot of walking in the Lake District this summer and may even take on the Three Peaks Challenge as part of her training.

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