This intrepid husband-and-wife team have started on a mammoth trek over the other side of the world to raise money to help some of the Fylde coast’s poorliest children.
Nancy and Steve Fielden have flown out to Kathmandu in Nepal to trek to Everest base camp and climb Kala Pattar.
The gruelling trek will take them 17 days and even their arrival involved landing at an airstrip dubbed “the world’s most dangerous”.
And they are raising money for Bispham-based Brian House Children’s Hospice, setting themselves a target of £5,000 – they have so far passed the halfway marker.
The couple, from Thornton, wanted to take on the challenge, have an adventure and raise money to help the hospice provide the vital care it gives to children, often with short lives.
Nancy’s boss, Andrew Kluge, at Cosatto – which manufactures baby equipment such as high-chairs and push-chairs – had offered staff the chance to win an “adventure of a lifetime” and it was Nancy who scooped the prize.
Her plan was to trek to Everest – with her husband – and raise money for Brian House.
She said: “I have been really excited about it as it’s been getting nearer, but also a bit nervous too.
“It was just something I really wanted to do. And when I got given the chance, I had to take it.
“It’s wonderful Cosatto have given me this opportunity, the financing, the time off work. They have been really supportive.
“Brian House is a charity Cosatto has consistently supported and it really is a good cause.
“Our daughter volunteered there before she went to university, and we know how much fantastic work it does across the Fylde coast for so many people.”
To prepare for the physical work involved, the couple have been training by walking and running regularly in the Lake District, as well as working out in the gym.
Steve, who is a regional manager for Honda UK, added: “This whole expedition has only been possible through Andrew and Cosatto’s generosity.
“Whatever hardships we might endure – we are told altitude sickness and dysentery are two bonuses we can count on – and the relentless training we’ve done, it’s nothing compared to what these children go through.
“Life is often painful and short for the children at Brian House and the work the staff do is both heart-breaking and humbling. We really hope to hit our target and raise a sizeable amount of money for the hospice. It does such good work and helps so many families on the Fylde coast.”
* To sponsor Nancy and Steve, visit www.justgiving.com/steveandnancy-fielden
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