Local teenager Taylor Woodhouse certainly raised the bar in terms of a local fundraising effort back in March, after he undertook a trek to Mount Everest base camp and successfully raised just over £3000 for the West Bridgford based homeless charity, The Friary.
Taylor, aged 17, lives in Compton Acres and is studying for his A levels at The West Bridgford School. Following a stint of charity work for the homeless last year, it inspired him into thinking about how he could possibly help in terms of raising funds.
Taylor told West Bridgford Local News: “My dad had attempted a similar trip the previous year and suggested that it might be something that we could do together. I recognised this as a great personal challenge and a fabulous chance to mount a fundraising opportunity for The Friary at the same time”.
Taylors story is even more astonishing given that he made the attempt as a complete novice, with nothing more than occasional trips to the Peak District to draw on as experience. He told us: “I had no climbing experience whatsoever, but I play quite a bit of football and improved my fitness with extra gym work before embarking on the trip”.
After a gruelling nine days of climbing, the trek became fraught with drama after Taylor came down with altitude sickness and had to be helicoptered off the mountain. Thankfully his recovery was a quick one and did not detract from what was a tremendous personal challenge and adventure.
Helen Jones, Marketing & Communications Officer for The Friary, said: “We applaud Taylors effort and can’t thank him enough for the staggering amount of money he has raised. It sends out a really positive message to any local individual who wants a challenge and wishes to support a local charity”
You can still contribute via , with all proceeds going directly to The Friary.