To the foot of the roof of the world!
I have worked at Mary Ward for 4 years and it's the best place in the world! I see the difference we make every day. We help people to realise different and better possibilities for themselves whether that's better health, wealth, or happiness. For some they realise life is possible. Our education centre offers rich and broad opportunities for everyone to enjoy regardless of their situation, status or characteristic. Decreasing funding means that each year we have to do more with less. Last year we supported 194 students with bursaries to help towards fees, travel, materials and childcare. Half of these people were not entitled to a reduced fee but were on low incomes, others were older people no longer entitled to reduced fees. Without this support they would not have be able to attend their classes. Our legal centre provides free legal advice, casework and representation to the most vulnerable. The cuts to Legal Aid is the equivalent to funding for 1,000 cases. For many they have nowhere else to go. Unless people have the means to enforce their rights, those rights have no meaning.
Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar
Everest Base Camp is at 5,365m and sits at the foot of the world’s highest mountain. The trek is approx. 130k at altitude taking 11 days with a couple of days for acclimatisation along the way. Between 3,500 and 5,500m is very high altitude. My memory and spatial awareness will be impaired and my ability to complete basic tasks will be dramatically reduced and slowed. Some may say that’s normal! There is also a risk of acute mountain sickness which should not be underestimated. I will be staying in 'tea houses'. Don't be fooled, the accommodation has very basic and limited facilities. No hot water, no showers, non-flushing and or outside toilets. Although most have a central yak dung stove! I love outdoor adventure but I have never taken on anything of this magnitude in my life or been above 4000m! This is a serious physical and mental challenge. You can follow my preparations and get In touch on my facebook page @everestbasecampchallengesuecraggs
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