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Ely to Everest Countdown Begins!!

Posted on: Oct 5, 2013
Posted in: village-events news

In a fortnight’s time, Witchford resident Keith Gallois and his friend Tim Titmarsh will be embarking on the expedition of a life time.

Last summer the intrepid pair set themselves a mammoth challenge to raise thousands of pounds for charity and after being in training at the Atrium Club gym in Ely for more than a year, their gruelling expedition starts on Thursday, October 17.

Keith, 48, from Witchford, and Tim, 58, from Ely, will be climbing more than 17,000ft to the Mount Everest Base Camp – but it won’t be a case of getting some rest once they’re there.

The duo, who met through the community choir, Witchford Voices, which Keith founded, will then be climbing up Kala Patthar in Nepal – a whopping 18,200ft.  Once they’ve completed that, they will spend a week in a village in the Kathmandu Valley where they will be teaching in a local school and delivering a large number of football kits donated by the Witchford Colts.

Keith and Tim hope to raise £10,000 for the Arthur Rank Hospice and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices by completing the challenge, and have already raised more than £8,000.

For Keith, who works for Chubb Insurance, climbing mountains is something he never thought he would be able to do.  He said: “Health-wise I’ve been unlucky. A badly broken leg was followed a few years later by a stint in Addenbrooke’s Hospital with diverticulitis, and then to cap it all a stroke. But hey, that is all in the past.  “Those events, and more crucially the brain haemorrhage and consequent recovery of my wife, Lesley, have proved one thing – life is short, so live it.  I was overweight and unfit and was at a stage in life where, if I didn’t put things right, then I was going to suffer with health in later years. If you can’t get fit for Everest, what can you get fit for?”

Keith said: “We decided we wanted to do this challenge last summer and I cannot describe how quickly the time has gone, but we’re feeling excited and actually quite confident as we have both trained extremely hard.  We’re overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from family and friends, from members of the local community and from local businesses".

“To have raised over £8,000 before we’ve even started the expedition is amazing and we’re hopeful we’re going to be able to meet our aim of presenting each charity with £5,000 once we’ve completed it.”

Click here to sponsor Keith and Tim.

To follow their progress, visit here.

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