Top tips for Ann as she takes on Everest base camp trip

Ann Harper and Dr Alistair Sutcliffe
Ann Harper and Dr Alistair Sutcliffe
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A member of the senior management team at Saint Catherine’s Hospice has been getting some good advice as she prepares to tackle her own challenge.

Whitby GP Dr Alistair Sutcliffe gave some helpful tips to Ann Harper, who will take part in an Everest Base Camp Challenge in March.

Ann, who is director of patient services at the hospice, is taking on the challenge to mark 25 years at Saint Catherine’s and also to raise funds for the charity.

She said: “It was a great honour to meet Dr Sutcliffe who has achieved so much and been such a great supporter of Saint Catherine’s too.

“He is very supportive and encouraging.”

Alistair said: “My advice to Ann is about the value of good preparation.

“To be properly prepared in terms of having the right kit and to be mentally prepared for what is to come.

“Also to have something with you that reminds you of home and gives you comfort – for me it was an inflatable pillow that helped me to get a good night’s sleep.

Alistair became the first man to summit the highest mountain on each of the seven continents at the first attempt.

In 2010 he suffered a brain haemorrhage, which left him fighting for life. He recovered and went on to write a successful book on his life, The Hardest Climb, the royalties from which he donates to Saint Catherine’s.

He has loaned Ann some of the kit he uses as she prepares for a challenge that will entail joining an organised trek across difficult terrain at altitude to reach the base camp, at 5,332m.

For Ann the trip – which, including travel time is 18 days – will be the fulfilment of a personal ambition as well as a chance to support Saint Catherine’s and the work it does in the community.

Ann has set up a JustGiving site for people to support her challenge, with all money raised going to Saint Catherine’s.

“Whenever I might feel like taking some time off from training I see that someone has made a donation through JustGiving and it spurs me on again,” she added.

To sponsor Ann go to her page at: www.justgiving.com/Ann-Harper