TWO friends have set off on an adventure that has raised more than £6,000 so far for a leading heart charity.
Heart nurse Janine O’Rourke and friend Sharon Bain, who manages Fitness Connexion gym in Hartlepool, left yesterday for an 18-day expedition to the foot of Mount Everest.
They have raised £6,364 for the British Heart Foundation so far with money still coming in.
Just before leaving for Kathmandu in Nepal yesterday Janine, of the Fens, said: “I’m nervously excited but I’m sure it will be worth it when we get there.”
She and Sharon, from Billingham, have been preparing for the trek by doing endurance training and scaling Yorkshire peaks looking for snow.
They will trek for 15 days, sometimes in freezing temperatures, to reach Everest’s base camp where they will be able to see the world’s highest mountain close up.
Janine, 43, added: “The conditions are supposed to be nice and clear at the moment but we have to prepare for temperatures of up to minus 19 on a night.
“We have got all the kit just in case so we should be alright.”
Janine organised a series of fundraising events in the run-up to the big trek including a sponsored walk in Heartbeat country, North Yorkshire back in April, a race night at the Hillcarter Hotel in Church Street and taking part in the Great North Swim at Lake Windermere in June.
Janine, who is a specialist coronary heart disease nurse, was asked by Sharon to go on the base camp challenge.
Despite having never done anything like it before, Janine jumped at the chance saying it had been on her bucket list for a long time.
She said: “I put my patients through their paces in their recovery so I thought I should put my money where my mouth is.”
The money Janine and Sharon raise will help fund life-saving research.
You can still sponsor them by visiting www.justgiving.com/JanineandSharon