A Hayfield student is preparing to face his toughest challenge yet to raise money for charity.
Sam Mansfield is taking part in an 11-day trek to Everest base camp in August to raise money for the Children’s Society.
The 19-year-old, an aeronautical engineering student at Loughborough University, will be part of a team of students from the university taking part in the trek, and is hoping to raise £2,790.
And he’ll need to have a head for heights with the highest point of the trek, Kala Pattar, standing at 5,545 metres and the Everest base camp itself at 5,364m.
He said: “The Everest base camp trek is extremely challenging, add the long distance, the weather and the altitude and this challenge is like nothing I have ever attempted before.
“Alongside my degree, I am a racing cyclist, competing around the UK including at national time-trial events, and I see this as an ideal way to challenge myself, while making a difference for a great charity.”
Sam chose to support the charity after hearing about the work it does, during an event at university.
He is arranging a number of events both on campus and back at home in the High Peak to add to the total raised.
He added: “I’m feeling quite optimistic about the trek. I’m looking forward to it. I quite enjoy the challenge of raising money too.”
To support Sam, see www.justgiving.com/SamEverest/, where there is also a text donation service available.