Ear­ley teenager plans Ever­est trek to help can­cer char­ity

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By GEMMA DAVID­SON gdavid­son@wok­ing­ham­pa­per.co.uk

A SIXTH form stu­dent from Ear­ley will be tak­ing a break from the books next month as she sets off on a char­ity trek.

Jenna Poyn­ter, 17, who is study­ing for her A Lev­els at Maiden Er­leigh School, in Sil­verdale Road, is pre­par­ing to trek to the Mount Ever­est base­camp in sup­port of Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port.

And the cause is es­pe­cially close to the teenager’s heart as her grand­fa­ther, Ron­ald Thomp­son, sadly passed away from stom­ach can­cer in Novem­ber 2014.

Jenna’s 14-day ex­pe­di­tion will kick off on Oc­to­ber 6 when she sets off from Kath­mandu in Nepal to con­quer the fa­mous Hi­malayan moun­tain range.

The chal­lenge will in­volve trekking more than 70 miles to reach Ever­est base­camp at an al­ti­tude of 5,545 me­tres above sea-level, which is over half­way up the high­est peak in the world.

Jenna, who will cel­e­brate her 18th birth­day shortly be­fore the trip, will be the youngest mem­ber of the ex­pe­di­tion group.

In or­der to pre­pare for the gru­elling trek, the teenager, who teaches chil­dren’s ex­er­cise classes at the David Lloyd gym in Thames Val­ley Park, has been train­ing with reg­u­lar gym ses­sions and hill walks, in­clud­ing daily moun­tain treks on a re­cent fam­ily hol­i­day to Malaysia.

Jenna said: “I de­cided to do this as a per­sonal chal­lenge. I don’t tend to do much walk­ing so my friends were very sur­prised to hear about my trek! I am get­ting a lit­tle bit ner­vous now but the fact I’m rais­ing money for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port will keep me go­ing and I know the sense of achieve­ment when I reach Ever­est base­camp is go­ing to be in­cred­i­ble.

“My par­ents are re­ally proud of me for tak­ing on such a dif­fi­cult chal­lenge and es­pe­cially be­cause I am do­ing it in mem­ory of my Grand­dad.

“A Macmil­lan nurse looked af­ter my Grand­dad when he was ill and af­ter he passed away they con­tin­ued to sup­port us through their Sup­port Line. Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port helps so many peo­ple in the area, I am do­ing this to give some­thing back and to help them to sup­port even more fam­i­lies.”

There are around 1,500 peo­ple in Wok­ing­ham cur­rently liv­ing with can­cer, and 288 peo­ple in the area sadly die from the dis­ease each year.

The Macmil­lan Berk­shire Can­cer Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vice helps peo­ple to play an ac­tive role in their own re­cov­ery through prac­ti­cal, emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port. Lo­cal Macmil­lan Ben­e­fits Ad­vi­sors have helped peo­ple ac­cess al­most £87,000 in un­locked ben­e­fits and £7,643 in one-off Macmil­lan grants which is a huge help to those who have lost in­come through ill-health.

Natalie Wilt­shire, Macmil­lan Fundrais­ing Man­ager for East Berk­shire said: “We’re so glad that Jenna has cho­sen to un­der­take her Ever­est Base Camp Trek in aid of Macmil­lan. With one in two peo­ple ex­pected to have a can­cer ex­pe­ri­ence by 2030, we need to be able to reach more peo­ple with our ser­vices.

“We re­ceive no govern­ment fund­ing, so we rely on the sup­port of peo­ple like Jenna to be able to con­tinue to sup­port peo­ple af­fected by can­cer and their fam­i­lies. We wish Jenna the best of luck with her chal­lenge and hope she has a great ex­pe­ri­ence!”

Jenna is hop­ing to raise £500 for Macmil­lan. To spon­sor her, visit www. just­giv­ing.com/ fundrais­ing/jenna-poyn­ter.

BUSI­NESSES and groups across Wok­ing­ham bor­ough will be com­ing to­gether next week for a slice of cake and a cup of cof­fee to raise money for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port.

The Grange Cafe at Holme Grange Craft Vil­lage in Heath­lands Road will be hold­ing a cof­fee morn­ing on Septem­ber 22, while home­made cakes will be sold at Emma’s Kitchen in Twyford, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the char­ity.

Are you plan­ning on hold­ing a cof­fee morn­ing for Macmil­lan? Get in touch by email­ing news@ wok­ing­ham­pa­per.co.uk or call­ing 0118 327 2662.

17-year-old Jenna Poyn­ter will next month tackle the tallest moun­tain in the world in hon­our of her Grand­dad

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