Nigel has two big moun­tains to climb

Fundraiser to over­come fly­ing fear be­fore he takes on Ever­est chal­lenge

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­

A BUSI­NESS­MAN from Hayes faces a dou­ble chal­lenge when he sets out to raise money in mem­ory of his fa­ther.

Nigel Laughton aims to trek to Mount Ever­est base camp, rais­ing at least £1,000 for the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety in the process.

But first he has to get there – and a life­long fear of fly­ing will not be soothed by the three flights re­quired to get to Lukla, the start­ing point of the hike.

The on­line dic­tio­nary Wikipedia de­scribes the air­port as fol­lows: “Lukla Air­port has a very short and steep airstrip, of­ten com­pounded by hazardous weather, re­sult­ing in sev­eral fa­tal ac­ci­dents.

“It has been called the most dan­ger­ous air­port in the world.”

With wife, Deb­bie, and chil­dren Amy, 24, Sean, 16, Becky, 15, and nineyear-old Jack all cheer­ing him on, Nigel is in se­ri­ous train­ing.

His dad died in Septem­ber 2014, hav­ing suf­fered with Alzheimer’s, and Nigel has paid for the Ever­est trip him­self to max­imise raised.

He said: “Orig­i­nally I was go­ing to do [the trip] any­way, but when my dad fi­nally passed away, I de­cided to raise a bit of cash for the so­ci­ety.”

So far Nigel has got pledges worth £315, and he hopes to turn that into at


amount least £1,000 by Oc­to­ber, when he heads for Nepal.

Nigel said if he suc­cess­fully com­pletes the as­cent to 17,500ft and re­turns safely, he might just skip the re­turn flights and come home on foot.

To spon­sor Nigel, go to w w w. j u s t g i v i n g . c o m / Ever­estchal­lenge2015/.

n CHAL­LENGES: Nigel Laughton

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