Vicky climbs Indian peak in memory of family

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Vicky Smith at the Himalayan peak with her team
Date published: Thursday 10 August 2017 | 10.53 GMT

The St Clare love reaches out to the Himalayas!

Vicky Smith, 37, from Epping, has successfully completed an expedition up India’s Stok Kangri peak, starting on Monday 10 July, in memory of her father and her step-father.

Richard Battersby (Vicky’s step-father) and Kevin Smith (Vicky’s father) were both cared for by St Clare in recent years, inspiring Vicky to take on the Himalayan challenge to raise vital funds for us. In total, Vicky has raised over £1,500 for St Clare, surpassing her original target of £1,000.

Stok Kangri is the highest peak in the Stok Region of the Himalayas, in the Ladakh region of northwest India. The ascent includes a hike up 6,153 metres of mountain, with a glacier trek to reach the final peak. At 5,500 metres altitude, oxygen levels are less than of that at sea level, presenting a challenge to climbers in addition to snowy terrain.

The Himalayan expedition, from start to finish, took a total of 7 days, with the team reaching the peak at 04:30am on Thursday 13 July.

Commenting on her experience, Vicky said:

“This journey has definitely been the hardest but most rewarding adventure I have ever taken on. We definitely had luck on our side, as the rain cleared just an hour before we set out at 10:30pm with our head torches, crampons and harnesses. We crossed beautiful rivers and mountain passes, and saw the incredible expanse of the Korakoram and Zanskar mountain ranges from the top of Stok at dawn – which was a somewhat overwhelming experience!”

“St Clare Hospice has been an amazing support to our family over the years, supporting my step-father Richard Battersby until he sadly passed away last year, and my father Kevin Smith who also sadly passed back in 2007. The hospice has been a fantastic support to my mum, too, in coping with recent events.”

“St Clare is an incredible organisation for people with life-limiting illnesses, and their families. I thought that this challenge provided a good opportunity to say thank-you, and to continue supporting them with their great work.”

If you’d like to congratulate Vicky on her achievement, and support St Clare, you can visit her fundraising page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/littlemisscompassion

If you would like to take part in a challenge for St Clare, you can visit our Challenges webpage here. You can also call our Challenge Events Fundraiser, Emma Broadbent on 01279 773754 or email emma.broadbent@stclarehospice.org.uk

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