Hospice say thanks with base camp

HOME AGAIN The trekkers receive their medals
HOME AGAIN The trekkers receive their medals
Eric and Maureen Chivers from Emsworth. Eric is heaping praise on the NHS for the superb teatment he recieved when he was in hospital with a serious illness     'Picture: Ian Hargreaves

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THEY walked more than 80 miles and climbed to 16,000ft above sea level.

But the hard work was worth it for the 14 intrepid trekkers who made their way through the Kingdom of Bhutan, in Asia, raising £83,000 for The Rowans Hospice.

As well as the walking and climbing, the trekkers visited local schools and carried out a community project in a village by helping to whitewash a 12th Century monastery.

It was a trip of a lifetime for the group who were rewarded for their efforts by staff at the Purbook hospice with a medal-giving ceremony by Ian Young, honorary chairman, and chief executive Ruth White.

The hospice was transformed for the evening into a replica base camp complete with tent and Bhutanese flags to recreate some of the atmosphere of the trek, but without the snow and freezing temperatures they experienced.

Mrs White expressed her sincere thanks to all of the trekkers: ‘I am in awe of what you have all achieved. It is absolutely amazing to have completed this incredible journey and thank you for raising such a huge amount of money for The Rowans Hospice; we are all so appreciative of what you have done.’

Go to rowanshospice.co.uk