QEHB research manager braves Everest trek in aid of charity
22 November 2018
Flying the flag for the QEHB Charity, Charlotte Radovanovic, Ophthalmology Research Project Manager at UHB, and her partner James Webley, recently completed a challenge of a lifetime, culminating in an Armistice Day service at the spectacular Everest base camp.
The couple decided to brave the harsh conditions in honour of past and present veterans in the daunting, but stunning, 5,364 meters base camp altitude. Charlotte said: “We held our own act of remembrance at Base Camp and then also a service at 11am with the patriots of Gorak Shep. It was absolutely magical and it was the most incredible journey. Thank you so much everyone for all of your support and we thought of everyone at 11am GMT. We soon made it back down the mountain to find some much needed thicker air!”
Charlotte and James raised an astonishing amount of money for the QEHB Charity and The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Despite setting their original goal at £2,000 the pair smashed their target, reaching over £3,000. Both charities were chosen due to performing “truly life-altering work,” they said.
James represented the Armed Forces veteran community. After having served for 12 years his military career unfortunately ended due to chronic hip pain brought on by his military service. Charlotte said: “James’ determination to not let this affect his life, dreams and goals is inspiring. This was a huge challenge for him as he lives in constant pain every day” despite this, James appeared to have completed the trek with ease posing for a celebratory picture when they reached their destination.
Justine Davy, Head of Fundraising at QEHB Charity, said: “I am delighted that the Charity was chosen by James and Charlotte. This challenge took an extraordinary amount of resilience and on behalf of the Charity I would like to say a huge thank you for all your support. All monies raised will help continue to provide added extras that go ‘over and above’ what the NHS can fund.”
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