Geraldine braves new heights in Everest challenge for The Christie
Monday 15th October 2018 @ 11:18 by Lauren Entwistle
Community Glossop High Peak News

A Glossop woman is trekking the mountain in a bid to raise money for the leading cancer-treatment centre.

Geraldine Barlow, 33, is flying out this Sunday to the highest summit in the world, aiming to reach Basecamp on the 1st of November and return home on the 8th.

The trip, which Geraldine hopes will raise £1,000 for her chosen cause, is not the first time she’s taken on such lofty heights – she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Diabetes UK and The British Heart Foundation back in 2016.

She raised a whopping £2,674.

Geraldine said: “The whole experience of Kilimanjaro was incredible, from training for the trek to the fundraising aspect to actually doing and enjoying it!

“I wanted another challenge to aim for: Mount Everest. The highest mountain in the world!

“It has always been a dream of mine and although I’m not climbing to the summit – which I would love to do one day, but I would need mountaineering skills which at the moment I don’t have – I thought why not trek to BaseCamp, which is 5346m above sea-level and fundraise as well.”

The Christie is a cause close to the hearts of Geraldine and her family, as her Dad has been receiving care and treatment for the past six years from the charity as well as other family members and some close friends.

She says that achieving her fundraising goal, which will go entirely to The Christie, is her way of giving back.

Geraldine has been having altitude training in Manchester in preparation for her trek, alongside regular walks with a number of groups in Glossop and has already taken part in three 10K races earlier this year.

But she won’t be going it alone, as friend and Glossop Tesco work-colleague Rachael Thompson will be joining her as the two make their way to Basecamp.

Geraldine added: “I feel I have a good training plan in place and hope I’ve done everything in preparation for my trek – with less than a week to go I’m excited and can’t wait!”

If you’d like to support Geraldine’s ambitious trek, you can donate at her justgiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/geztreksebc or can follow her progress on Twitter at @geztreks and on her Facebook page of the same name.