To celebrate and mark her tenth year working at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBH), Rachel Thomas, a senior physiotherapist has taken up the challenge to trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in March this year. This has been a life-long ambition and Rachel has decided to take the opportunity to raise money for the Royal Berks Charity. Taking the challenging 14 day Gokyo Lake circuit route, Rachel will navigate glaciers, stay overnight in tents at the Everest Base Camp and hike to Kala Pattar at 5,554 metres.
Rachel said: “I have always wanted to trek to Mount Everest- the highest mountain in the world, purely for the adrenaline rush. The challenge of even reaching the base camp is one I have always relished.
“I decided to undertake the challenge this year for a number of reasons. I was born at RBH, it's my family and friends local hospital and in March this year I will have worked at RBH for 10 years. I worked in a number of departments including Elderly Care and Enhanced Recovery, and I now lead on a number of patient quality and safety projects. I can’t think of a better way to mark my 10th anniversary and at the same time raise money for our fabulous Royal Berks Charity. I am passionate about the work the hospital and Charity do. Throughout my time working here I have seen the Charity help so many fantastic causes to improve the services and experience we provide patients and visitors. Without people's generous contributions, this wouldn't be possible.” Rachel added.
To help prepare, Rachel completed the four day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu in Peru in 2017 and in 2018 she climbed the challenging Crib Goch ridge route to the summit of Mount Snowdon and Scafell Pike in the Lake District. Further training will continue prior to leaving for Nepal at the end of March 2019.
If you would like to help raise funds for the Royal Berks Charity and sponsor Rachel, please follow this link: http://www.justgiving.com/Rachel-Thomas87
31 January 2019