‘Climb’ Everest for charity

MOUNT EVEREST’S 8,848m height will be scaled multiple times in January to raise funds for the Sarah Groves Foundation.

The Val des Terres Everest Challenge starts today, New Year's Day.
The Val des Terres Everest Challenge starts today, New Year's Day.

Back for the third time, the Val des Terres Everest Challenge encourages people to climb a 1.6km circuit 115 times from New Year’s Day for 30 days.

Individuals and groups can register via the event’s Facebook page until 31 January, start at any time and complete the circuits when they wish.

Organised by Gary Hooks and the SGF committee, entry costs £15 with a pledge to set up their own JustGiving page and raise at least £100 in sponsorship.

‘We think we are so very lucky to be able to hold events like this, unlike other areas and we would love people to take advantage of this opportunity, take part, improve their health, fitness and mental wellbeing out in the fresh air,’ said committee member Sue Farnham.

‘This is a walking challenge. But people are welcome to walk, jog or run the challenge. Last year we saw quite a few runners completing it.’

After climbing Le Val des Terres, participants turn right down George Road before turning right opposite Dorset Arms to reach Havelet, which can be completed in reverse.

Laps can be recorded through Strava, Garmin or similar apps.

Last year roughly £20,000 was raised for SGF, which in turn supported Guernsey Mind.

‘Anyone can take part, it’s open to all individuals, teams and families,’ she said.

Last year we had approximately 500 entrants, which consisted of single entrants and company teams.

‘Many businesses have already signed up and we hope to see many more taking part and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.’

This year SGF is supporting the Guernsey Sports Commission and Guernsey Youth Commission, to benefit youth and give opportunities to all.

‘SGF’s aim is to enhance the lives of children here in Guernsey. They fully fund three parent toddler drop-in centres in conjunction with Home-Start.’

Recently the charity funded Guille-Alles Library’s reading tower and donated funds for a new playground in Sark.

‘Every year SGF select a local charity to support from the Everest Challenge fundraising, and make a donation. This year two have been selected, both of which do a great deal for our younger generation.’

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