Woman hails Everest charity trek

21st Nov 2012

A seasoned fundraiser from Scotland has described her Mount Everest charity trek as her toughest assignment yet.

The 17,598 foot trek to the south face base camp of Mount Everest was undertaken by Gosia Wilkie, of Morton. Despite running marathons in London, Paris, Berlin and New York, cycling from London to Paris and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the 45 year old adventurer described her latest challenge as her "toughest yet".

The trek was in aid of Spinal Research, and Gosia has raised thousands of pounds for the charity over the years in memory of her late aunt, Edna Kancir.

Gosia left a photo of her aunt with a prayer flag at base camp as she set out on her descent, and so far she has raised £750 from her trip and is still expecting more money to come in.

She says her 19 days away gave her a real feel for Nepal and its people, adding: "It is a beautiful country but it really makes you appreciate what you have here because many of the people of Nepal are very poor."

Gosia was in training for months to enable her to deal with the weather and altitude, in addition to the general physical rigours. She added: "It was worth every pain I have gone through and every moment of being out of breath."

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