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Annapurna adventure raises £7k

14 September 2017

Rahik Jubran Royle set out on 01 April 2017 – her birthday – for a 10 day Annapurna trek in the Himalayas, Nepal. She climbed to over 10,000 ft in tribute to her husband Peter, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2015, and raised just shy of £7,000 for PCRF.

“I trained hard and took my old snow boots that I’d bought when I lived in Russia, thinking they’d be perfect. They started to fall apart on day one and with no spare equipment, were held together with duct tape for the duration of the trek,” she says.  “My party thought it was really funny, but you know, they remained completely waterproof until the very last 50m when the sole detached and they became more like a pair of flip flops!

“It was tough going, like a rocky staircase all the way up and was even harder coming down. There  were no luxuries – one night we slept in a cardboard shelter.  But the climb was unbelievably beautiful and the people in every village were so welcoming, always smiling. The view from the top was truly stunning, but the feeling of achievement was better!

Returning to the UK on 10 April, Rahik was back at work on the 11th - and the boots were replaced with high heels. "I’m really proud of what I did and hope that it will help. I think of those people who’ve been diagnosed and know how precious every moment is.”

Rahik reaches 10,000 ft

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