Supporters hike the Himalayas at home
Since 1 March, fundraisers all over the country have been virtually ‘Hiking the Himalayas’, walking the equivalent of the full or half Annapurna route distance in their local area.
This week many more crossed the virtual finish line, completing their trekker’s passport while raising money in support of our work. Each walker with their own reason for tackling the distance, and between them they have walked 3,300km and raised over £4,000.
Even on the coldest of days, they have drawn inspiration to keep going from a variety of sources.
One of the courageous trekkers Galina Slepneva has tackled the full 260 km challenge, on routes in her area including The Royal Military Canal, drawing inspiration from the drawings she’s been gifted by the five year-old son of a Gurkha that she tutors.
“He draws beautiful and very distinctive elephants, or rather variations of the same elephant which always carries number 22. The drawings cheer me up enormously and I view them as my support.”
Another of the team is Alistair Farquharson who’s been taking part in memory of his grandfather, Fred, who sadly passed aged 101 in January this year.
“My Grandad fought in India and Burma (Myanmar) in World War 2 alongside the Gurkhas, and on at least one occasion they directly saved his life. Grandad often spoke of his respect for the Gurkhas and he regularly donated to The Gurkha Welfare Trust.”
We want to express our utmost gratitude to all who have taken part and to everyone who has sponsored our trekkers. The money you raised will make a huge difference to the lives of Gurkha veterans, widows, and their wider communities in Nepal.
Inspired to take on your own challenge? We have a range of challenge events to get involved with including Trailwalker UK, and places in a variety of runs, swims, and rides across the country.