AN adventurer from Redditch has gone to new heights to help a charity close to her family’s heart this week – by attempting to climb Mount Everest.
Danielle Forrester, who lives in Winyates, has decided to take on the world’s tallest mountain alongside her friend Steven Moses, and between them, they are raising money for the Midlands Air Ambulance.
In the run up to this mammoth challenge, the pair have completed mountain climbs both in England and America to get as much practice in as possible for the 8,848 m climb.
The trail leading to the Sherpa hub of Namche through the dense forests and scenic landscape and will reach the maximum altitude of 5555m (18225 ft) averaging six to eight hours of hiking a day.
After setting out earlier this week, the pair are now well on their way up Everest, and although 24-year-old Danielle suffered slightly with altitude sickness she is still going strong and is determined to complete the climb to base camp.
Tracey Drew, Danielle’s mum, said: “We’re really proud of them. It’s a charity that no one ever wants to have to use, but to know it’s there should you ever need it is really important.
“They have completely funded the whole thing by themselves and we really hope people will help them hit their charity target.”
Danielle added: “We both love going on adventures and taking on big challenges so we thought we’d help out a good cause at the same time.”
The friends want to raise at least £550 for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, which funds three helicoptors serving West Midlands, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire – the largest air ambulance operating region in the UK.
So far, they are half way to their goal, so visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/danielle-forrester1 to support them.