Hayfield student prepares for Everest trek

Sam Mansfield will trek to Everest base camp to raise money for the Childrens Society
Sam Mansfield will trek to Everest base camp to raise money for the Childrens Society

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.