Annabel raises thousands climbing to Everest

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Date published: Thursday 12 April 2018 | 11:23 GMT 

A local sports therapist from Sawbridgeworth has ascended 5,380m to Mount Everest Base Camp in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal in aid of St Clare Hospice!

Annabel Moeser (28) took on the challenging 42mile trek in aid of St Clare after being inspired by her clients’ accounts of hospice care and support from us.

Annabel Moeser commented:

“I always hear such lovely things about St Clare Hospice from my patients. The care they offer at the Hospice is amazing – it’s an honour to support a local charity who are doing such great work in the community – all offered free of charge! As they have to raise most of their funding themselves, it’s so important that they receive help from their community so that they can continue to offer their vital services.”

Miss Moeser flew from London on Wednesday 7th March, arriving in Kathmandu a day later. Taking a further flight on a propeller plane to Lukla airport, Annabel’s 16-day adventure trek began on Saturday 10th March, and she reached Everest Base Camp on Saturday 17th March. Ascending a further 120m, Annabel and a team of 17 fellow thrill-seekers climbed to the summit of Kala Patthar peak (5,500m) to witness breath-taking views of the world’s tallest mountain.

Describing what it was like to reach the base of the world’s tallest mountain, Annabel wrote:

“The Everest Base Camp trek was one of the best but hardest journeys of my life. It was absolutely amazing to reach the foot of Everest and look up at the highest mountain in the world!”

“After surviving Lukla, the world’s most dangerous airport (look it up!) we trekked for 9 days to Everest Base Camp in a mixed temperature environment. Base camp was -20°C when we reached it!”

“We went through lots of villages and it was amazing to see human beings living at that temperature and altitude without noticing it at all. They survive by selling supplies to the climbers as they go up. The Pringles and Dairy Milk chocolate bar were a lovely treat at 4,000 meters!”

“Once we reached Everest Base Camp, it took a further 5 days to get back down to Lukla and catch the flight back to Kathmandu. Overall, the trek itself was very undulating and we had to cross numerous high suspended bridges to get across the valley. When we reached Everest Base Camp, we left some prayer flags with special messages, as a tribute to all the charities we were supporting over the 2 week trek.”

“I received lots of lovely messages of support from family and friends, and also from St Clare staff throughout the trek, which really spurred me to keep going to reach my goal. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has donated and supported me throughout. The money and the awareness raised will make a massive difference to the Hospice and to the families that it supports. My advice after this trip is to live life to the full and enjoy every moment!”

Miss Moeser has raised almost £3,000 for St Clare Hospice – enough to fund approximately two weeks of care from our Patient and Family Support team, who offer practical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual support to people who are living with a life-limiting illness, and their families.

If you would like to congratulate Annabel on her accomplishment, and support St Clare Hospice, please visit her fundraising page at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/annabel-everestbasecamp

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