Climbers prepare to climb Everest in Holcombe

Keen hikers are preparing to attack the summit of Holcombe Hill this winter as part of a challenging new fundraiser.

Sammy Young of the Sunnywood Project helped organize The Everest Fundraising Challenge, which will see hikers reach the top of Holcomb as many times as possible in 12 hours to climb the equivalent of Mount Everest.

She began fundraising for the Sunnywood Project to raise enough money to open a new youth program, as the last one proved so popular that they were finding themselves overwhelmed with new recruits.

The Sunnywood project is expected to raise a total of £10,000, which a local action group, the National Emergencies Trust, has promised to complete.

Sammy said: “I’m really excited that so many people are participating, and it’s going to be as inclusive as possible, and we want family and friends to visit.

“You don’t have to scale Everest, every little bit counts – you can scale Snowdon’s equivalent and it will be absolutely amazing.

“Here at Sunnywood Project we love the outdoors and we know how it can improve mental and physical wellbeing and we want to promote that through as many outdoor activities as possible.”

To successfully climb the equivalent of Everest, a group of four would have to climb Holcombe 23 and a group of six would have to travel 15 times.

Admission to the challenge is free and the Everest Challenge T-shirt is available to everyone to help raise a minimum of £50.

To join the challenge visit

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