It might not be the perfect training ground for scaling the highest point on earth but that’s not going to stop one man from Cambridgeshire.
Jimmy Adams, 36, is set to trek the 17,000 feet to Everest Base Camp later this year to support children across the county recovering from serious crime.
The chef from St Ives is training daily to prepare for the challenge, to raise money for children’s charity Embrace Child Victims of Crime (Embrace).
He will be joined on the trek by a documentary film crew from Cambridge Filmworks who will capture the emotional and gruelling journey including the story of one young victim of crime.
With every penny raised used to help children impacted by crimes including murder, sexual abuse and domestic violence, Jimmy is hoping the local community will get behind him.
“This is an amazing challenge for an amazing charity that does so much to help families deal with the terrible trauma of crime in childhood,” he said.
“I’m training in and around St Ives, Cambridgeshire – I’ll admit I’m struggling to find any decent hills nearby.”
Jimmy will be part of a small group made up of survivors of childhood crime, police officers and charity supporters, trekking to Base Camp in the Himalayan region of north-east Nepal led by an expert Sherpa guide.
As head chef at The Taproom in the town of St ives, Cambridgeshire , he has already raised over £1,300 through customer donations.
Embrace is the only national charity solely focused on helping children and families impacted by serious crime to recover, providing therapeutic support including emotional and practical help, family breaks and well-being services, and specialist counselling in areas where it is funded.
In 2018, Embrace delivered support to 657 children across Cambridgeshire – almost doubling the number from the previous year. These included young victims of sexual abuse and assault and children who had experienced or witnessed serious violence and neglect.
Chief Executive Anne Campbell said: “Jimmy is climbing the highest mountain on the planet for children in Cambridgeshire, young victims of crime who have their own mountains to climb.
“We’re thrilled he is joining us and his fund-raising will brighten the lives and life prospects of many young people in the county – we look forward to witnessing his achievement.”
To donate to Jimmy’s Everest Base Camp Trek visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/jamesadams18