Published Monday 12th December 2016

An ambitious fundraiser from Herefordshire has hiked towards the roof of the world  – and all for her Hospice.

Megan Holland trekked to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, raising almost £4,000 for St Michael’s in Bartestree.

The dental nurse from Weobley spent a week climbing to the height of 5,356m along with a couple of London-based friends.

She said the trip of a lifetime will never be forgotten.

‘It was such an amazing experience,’ said Megan.

‘We were really lucky with the weather. We could see the mountain all the time. It was also really mild during daytime.

‘The people there were so welcoming and friendly.’

Megan and her friends stayed in tea houses each night, experiencing temperatures which dropped well below zero.

Megan was away from home for three weeks. She had to catch three flights just to begin the trek, although she allowed herself some downtime beforehand.

‘I had a few days over there to prepare and catch up with my friends, which was great,’ she said.

Presumably, though, not much can prepare you for a Base Camp altitude which is 500m higher than Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc.

‘It was very cold at night. On one occasion I woke up, reached out to have a drink and my water had frozen over,’ Megan added.

‘Another night I fell ill and felt very nauseous.’

Her adventure has so far seen her raise £3,760 for St Michael’s Hospice, which she says holds a special place in her family’s heart.

Ruth Denison, the Hospice’s Director of Income and Marketing, said people’s efforts to raise funds for their Hospice never fails to surprise.

‘It’s not every day that somebody climbs part of the highest mountain in the world for us,’ she said.

‘We can’t thank Megan enough for travelling all the way to Nepal on our behalf. She should be very proud of herself.’

Donations are still being accepted. To do so, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Megan-Holland1

If you have a fundraising idea in mind to collect funds for St Michael’s, you can contact our Community Fundraising Team on 01432 851 000.