Last September, Lady Noel Collum, a widow in her seventies, planned to climb the challenging 22,500 foot high Mera Peak in Nepal’s Himalayas. But shortly before leaving her Fletching home, she fell and was unable to make the trip.
Deeply disappointed, Lady Collum vowed to try again this year. That is what she is about to do, to raise money for local charity Friends of Sussex Hospices. She said: “Hospices offer an invaluable service to the community but receive very little government funding.”
Noel Collum made her first serious mountain climb in her 70th year in memory of her husband and subsequently climbed Mont Blanc with a friend in 2011. Now she is going to tackle Mera Peak. She finds coming downhill more painful than going up, because she has a number of metal pins in both feet following surgery. “Going uphill is always exhilarating but because of my feet there is a plan for me to abseil back down part of Mera Peak.” To support her and Friends of Sussex Hospices visit: http://www.justgiving.com/noelcollummerapeak