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GP signs up for Nepal trek

GP signs up for Nepal trek

A doctor and a member of the fundraising team at Beaumond House Community Hospice, Newark, are the first to sign up for a charity trek in Nepal.

The Annapurna Sunrise trek has been organised by the hospice as one of its fundraising challenges for next year.

Ten people attended an information evening at The Everest Inn, Newark, which is supporting the trek and provided food last Thursday evening.

Dr David Wathen, a GP at Lombard Medical Centre, said he was keen to support the hospice and was eager to participate as soon as he heard about it.

"It will be a personal challenge but worthy of such a good cause," he said.

"I have not been to that part of Nepal and I am sure the trekking will be spectacular."

Dr Wathen took part in a Sahara Desert Trek organised by the hospice last year.

It involved a dozen people, who between them raised £30,000.

He said it would great if a similar-sized group could be formed for the latest trek.

To prepare for the challenge he will be taking regular extended walks, in addition to his regular fitness programme, which includes swimming and going to the gym.

Dr Wathen plans to self- fund the trek and hopes that patients, colleagues and family will help with sponsorship, which will benefit the hospice.

"Beaumond House has always been a centre of excellence for patients with life-limiting conditions and their carers in the local community," Dr Wathen said.

"I am keen to support the hospice and the continuity of care they provide for the local population in Newark and surrounding villages."

Maria Hewitt, who works in the hospice fundraising team, said she was looking forward to the adventure, making new friends and seeing amazing things.

"I am taking myself completely out of my comfort zone," she said.

"Those who know me know I am not someone who frequents a gym or similar. I am someone who likes home comforts."

Maria is also a volunteer at the hospice and said she had seen the warmth and compassion given to countless patients and their families.

"I have come into contact with many people all with their own personal stories but all with the same message — how utterly grateful they were to have had access to Beaumond House and what a wonderful place it is."

'I want to keep this amazing place going'

Maria said a couple of years ago her mother was diagnosed with Huntington's disease and attended day therapy on a weekly basis for more than a year before deciding to go into residential care.

One of Maria's friends, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, was also helped at home by the hospice and spent her final hours there, feeling safe and comfortable.

"I want to help keep this amazing place going for many years to come," Maria said.

She too plans to pay for the trek herself so that all the money pledged through sponsorship and fundraising benefits Beaumond House.

The trek has been organised for March 27 to April 6, 2019.

It will involve six nights of trekking and four nights in hotels.

The target is to reach the top of Poon Hill (3,200m) in time to watch a stunning sunrise.

There are three options to take part. The trip costs £1,950 for those who want to self-fund, with any money raised going to the hospice.

Sponsorship funded involves a target of £3,200 with a minimum of £1,600 going to the hospice.

Flexi-funding the trek costs £1,950. The trekker pays £1,150 towards the trip. There is then a fundraising target of £1,600 with a minimum of £800 going to the hospice.

Each option needs a £350 deposit on booking.

More information and how to apply is available from hospice fundraising and events officer Holly Fowler on 01636 610556, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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