On the 11th November Fred Corbett returned from a successful 18 day trek to Everest Base Camp, to raise money for the Ellen Mezzetti Memorial Fund.

He flew from the UK to Katmandu then on to the notoriously short air strip at Lukla, high in the Himalayas of Nepal.  From there he trekked through the pine forests and over long suspension bridges spanning deep gorges, gradually climbing higher into the more bleak mountainous regions.

Fred says, “There were 20 people in our party, plus guides, a doctor, sherpas and 5 yaks, and we stayed in tea houses in small remote villages and Buddist temples.  Of the 20 people in our party 18 made it though to Everest Base Camp.“

He continues, “We were extremely lucky with the weather, most days having a sunny, still, cold morning and cobalt blue skies. The steep uneven stone paths combined with headaches, nausea, tiredness and lack of sleep (which is common at high altitudes) made for tough going, but a thoroughly rewarding trip through stunning scenery and friendly welcoming local people.”

Fred was touched by the support he received and says, “A huge thank you to everyone who helped with my invaluable training, and a massive thank you also to everyone who has generously sponsored me and donated money.

People have been amazing and my wife and I have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity.”

Fred funded the whole trip himself and has raised over £3,200 for The Ellen Mezzetti Memorial Fund at Epilepsy Research UK which is a fantastic achievement. Our thanks go to Fred for all his hard work and support and to everyone who supported him along the way.