Salisbury man climbs 774 flights of stairs to help poor children in Nepal

Salisbury man climbs 774 flights of stairs to help poor children in Nepal

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 10:29am 17th June 2020.

3 minute read

Gwyn Davies was one of five volunteers who 'climbed' Mount Everest from the comfort of their home.

Each member took on 11,614 stairs with the total between them of 58,070 the equivalent of tackling the Earth's highest mountain above sea level.

The climb last Saturday (6th June) was in aid of the charity Kidasha which works to help children in extreme poverty in Nepal

Restrictions in both the UK and Nepal due to the Covid-19 the charity's supporters have decided to get creative with their fundraising efforts, as the humanitarian crisis in one of the world's poorest countries worsens. 
 
Gwyn told Spire FM he was delighted to have completed his climb

"I'm thrilled to have completed my virtual climb of Everest. When I signed up, I wasn't quite prepared for just how challenging it would be! However, I'm very grateful for the level of support I've had behind me throughout the journey. Each day I shared with my family and friends a humorous photograph of my effort which generated a lot of amusement, enthusiasm and interest. This coupled with the generous donations I've been fortunate to raise, definitely gave me the motivation needed to complete the climb.

I'd like to thank everyone who sponsored me and my fellow climbers this past week. I understand there is an enormous need to look after our children here in the UK, though I also am also concerned about the need of children in Nepal, where even the basics of food and shelter are extremely inadequate or missing." 

Everest Gwynn
All kitted up for the big climb at home!

Gwyn has raised £1,091 for the charity and there's still time for you to pledge your support on his Virgin Money Giving page.

The funds raised from the climb will go to support Kidasha's emergency appeal for the funds needed to fight the devastating impact of COVID-19 in Nepal. The charity aims to address the impacts of both the country's government-enforced total lockdown - which has severely compromised access to food, clean water and medical supplies - and the health risks faced by the communities they work with. 

Janice Miller, CEO of Kidasha, comments:
 

"We are so grateful that our volunteers have chosen to support us in such a special way. The past few months have been extremely difficult for everyone in Nepal, and we truly appreciate that our supporters are still thinking of us - and the vulnerable communities we work with - during these difficult times"

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