Hikers hopes are dashed

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Three men set off on a three week challenge to climb Mount Everest but one of them was taken ill just hours before they reached their goal.

Despite raising £2,441 for Cancer Research, the boys’ hopes of completing the climb were dashed when one of them was taken seriously ill with altitude sickness.

But Mike and Rob Kent and Andrew Whittall said they were not disappointed, instead the episode made them realise what was important in life.

Rob said “When Mike took ill we were all very worried and reaching our goal was the last thing on our minds.

“We raised a fantastic amnount and at the same time have learnt invaluable lessons. Nothing is certain in life, but the value of good health and supportive family and friends makes you realise we have much more to be thankful for.”

The intrepid hikers from Nuthall and Watnall set off to reach the mountain’s island peak base camp, 21,000ft up in the icy climes of the daunting Himalayan Mountain Range.

The trio handed their cheque over to Cancer Research representatives Becky Elphick and Pat Campbell.

“It is a wonderful amount and the money will go to Breast Cancer Research and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Research,” said Mrs Campbell, who lives in Nuthall.

Far from being disheartened the trio are now planning to do the Three Peaks Challenge, and said they may even consider returning to the Himalayas.

“When you’ve had a taste of adventure it makes you all the more determined,” said Andrew.