A fundraiser from Morton has been to the roof top of the world and back again to raise money for charity and take on the challenge of a life time.
Gosia Wilkie, 45, of High Street, Morton, trekked the 17,598 ft to the South face base camp of Mount Everest last month.
The Warners Midlands employee, who has run marathons in London, Paris, Berlin and New York, cycled from London to Paris and climbed Kilimanjaro, described her latest adventure as the “toughest” yet.
Gosia, who is currently recovering from a car accident the day she returned home, said: “It was brilliant but it was very tough.It is the hardest thing I have even done.”
The trek up the Himalayan mountains in Nepal was in aid of Spinal Research, the UK’s leading charity funding medical research around the world to develop reliable treatments for paralysis.
Gosia has raised thousands of pounds for the charity in memory of her aunt Edna Kancir, from Peterborough, who was paralysed below her chest in a car accident 25 years ago and died four years ago.
Gosia said: “I left a photo of my auntie with a prayer flag at base camp. It was a very emotional moment.”
So far Gosia has raised more than £750 from her trip and expects more money to come in.
Gosia’s was away for 19 days in total giving her a real feel for the country.
She said: “It is a beautiful country but it really makes you appreciate what you have here because many of the people of Nepal are very poor.”
Gosia was in training for months before flying out to be able to deal not only with the physical rigour of the climb but the weather and altitude sickness.
Gosia said: “It was worth every pain I have gone through and every moment of being out of breath.”
“I want to say a huge thank you to all the local businesses and people who have supported me in my efforts.
“It is so nice to know I have their backing.”
However Gosia said people will not see her out training with her back pack for sometime.
To find out more or donate visit the just giving page online at www.justgiving.com/Gosia-Wilkie