Two friends set off to conquer a mountain


TWO friends will put their best feet forward as they take on a challenge of a lifetime.

Some 15 years of friendship will help Angie Hopper and Kees Bouterse, of Rose Green, conquer Mount Everest.

The pair will set off on their mission on Saturday and will be away for 21 days with 18 of them spent scaling the mountain to reach base camp.

Angie said: “It was Kees’ idea. Last month he decided he wanted to do something to make his 50th birthday memorable so this is what we came up with.

“It is exiting and I am looking froward to it. I am a bit nervous but I think because it has all happened so quick we haven’t really had time to think about it.”

The duo will also be raising funds for Cancer Research.

Angie said: “I work at the Queen Alexander hospital in a high dependence care respiratory ward so I come into contact with cancer and see the effects it has everyday.

“Kees’ mum also passed away from cancer when he was young.

“Cancer is something that effects a huge amount of people.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do or how old you are, you have probably had some experience of it.

“We will be grateful for anything we can raise. We haven’t set a target we just aim to collect as much as possible.”

With such a short time frame they have tried to fit as much training in as possible.

“I have been doing a lot of walking and I cycle a lot anyway and try to keep quite fit anyway,” said Angie.

“For us, the unknown element will be the altitude.

“Trekking will be a new experience for me.

“I have been to the Alps and Dolomites before but not really done any trekking.”

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