A Bottesford couple are leading a trek through the Himalayas to raise money for children affected by an earthquake in Nepal earlier this year.
Graham and Mary Storrie and 10 others set out today (Tuesday, September 29)) on their eight-day walk through the Annapurna Mountains, climbing 16,000ft in the process.
They are aiming to generate £18,000 from their efforts and are calling on local people to help them hit their target. Some of the money will also be given to their Rosie May Memorial Fund, which has raised more than £500,000 for Sri Lankan orphans affected by the 2004 tsunami, in the name of their murdered 10-year-old daughter.
Mrs Storrie said: “We have connected with a local charity and the education director of UNICEF in Kathmandu who we will meet to discuss how our fundraising can be utilised to directly help children who are still living in appalling conditions in the tented camps around the Kathmandu area and have not yet returned to school.
“Now that it is monsoon season the conditions have become more dire and considerably dangerous to do so.
“We are not sure what to expect in terms of how much devastation we will see, however we do know from our experience of returning to Sri Lanka, post tsunami, that people continued to suffer from the aftermath long after the donations and emergency aid stopped.”
The couple were moved by the impact April’s terrible quake, which killed nearly 9,000 people and injured another 23,000, had on children.
So they decided to help by donating some fundraising proceeds from the trek, which is being undertaken by six Australians as well as the Storries and four others from the UK.
Among the trekking party are Rosie May’s godparents, and trustees for the charity, Don and Jenny Murray, who lived in Bottesford and Ab Kettleby for five years before settling in Australia.
The others include barrister Sarah Taylor, who grew up in Bottesford and went to school with Rosie May, and Martyn Kelk whose daughters also knew her from Belvoir High school.
Their trip will include a 3,210m climb up Poon Hill at sunrise, which will give them amazing views of the world’s two highest mountains, walks through rural, unspoilt terrain and nights in tea houses run by locals in tiny hamlets.
Log on at www.justgiving.com/Mary-Storrie if you would like to sponsor the couple’s charity trek - the Storries are aiming to raise £3,000 of the £18,000 group target.
You can also contribute by texting RMMF54 £10 to 70070.