Hyphen Law director Christine Bunting will be taking on the biggest challenge of her life in April when she prepares to trek to the world-famous Mount Everest Base Camp to fundraise for Cerebra, a charity devoted to helping children and young people with brain conditions.
The tough trek will involve climbing the legendary Everest Trail to Base Camp a (literally) breath-taking 5,360 metres above sea level. To put this into perspective, the highest mountain in the British Isles is Ben Nevis in Scotland which stands at just 1,345 metres!
Christine is flying to Kathmandu, Nepal to prepare for the adventure on 4 April and after a short flight to Lukla Airport, rated the most dangerous airport in the world due to its high terrain and steep drops, she will start her 13-day trek on 7 April with fellow climbers in the heart of the Himalayas.
As a lawyer who has worked with many families of children with acquired brain injuries and other brain conditions over the years, Christine is passionate about raising awareness and much-needed funds for Cerebra. The charity not only offers advice and information to families but provides specialist services on sleep, health and wellbeing, money and legal matters and runs an Innovation Centre which designs and manufactures bespoke products to enable children to be more mobile, independent and have fun.
Christine will start her trek from the southern side of Everest, putting more than 12 months of training into practice to take on the epic hike. She will begin a two day walk to the village of Namche Bazaar to begin acclimatising to the high altitude and then trek for another two days to Dingboche to acclimatise further before starting her four-day ascent to Everest Base Camp.
Christine said: “I love to get out of my comfort zone for charity and in recent years I’ve skydived over Salisbury Plain and wing walked on a 1940s Boeing Stearman biplane doing heart-stopping aerobatics to raise money for Cerebra; but this is my biggest challenge to date!
“I can’t say I am looking forward to the possibility of getting altitude sickness or the extreme cold - rumour has it that it can reach minus 15 degrees at night – but while the trek will be a significant physical and mental test for me, it’s nothing compared to the challenges that families with children living with brain conditions deal with every day of their lives.
“The climb to Everest Base Camp will be an experience of a lifetime and to be able to do it while raising funds for Cerebra’s tremendous work supporting children with brain conditions and their families is a fantastic opportunity.”
If you’d like to make a donation to Cerebra, Christine has set up a Just Giving page. She is funding the trek herself, so all monies raised will go directly to the charity. To donate please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chrisbunting1