Welwyn Hatfield Times news editor prepares for Mount Everest challenge in aid of hospice

PUBLISHED: 13:46 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:16 26 April 2013

Welwyn Hatfield Times news editor Dave Burke

Welwyn Hatfield Times news editor Dave Burke


EVEN for a busy news editor, this is going to be a steep learning curve.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times’ Dave Burke, who heads up our news team, has volunteered to trek to the most famous mountain in the world, to raise much-needed cash for a good cause.

Dave, who started on this paper six months ago, has signed up to the Everest Base Camp challenge in aid of the Isabel Hospice.

And he desperately needs support to reach his lofty £5,000 target.

Dave, 31, said: “I’ve done some bits and pieces for charity in the past, but nothing on this scale.

“It’s daunting, both in terms of raising the money and getting myself fit for the challenge.”

During his preparation for the trek, which will happen in November, Dave will be out and about on the prowl for sponsorship, and will be working closely with the Hospice to raise awareness of the work it does.

His preparation has not been without pitfalls however – days after signing up, he was laid low after slipping a disc in his back.

In something of an understatement, Dave said: “I could have done without that.

“It’s put me back a while, so I’ll be playing catch-up with the rest of the team to get fit on time.”

He will be one of 18 people raising cash for the hospice on the trek – including Isabel’s corporate relationship manager Emma Lippiatt, who persuaded Dave to sign up.

Our news editor said: “Make no mistake, this is going to be a tough challenge.

“We’ll be trekking at altitude over difficult terrain for several days to reach Base Camp.

“Fundraising is going to be absolutely crucial, and it’s a great cause to be raising money for.

“When I started, one of my first visits was to the hospice, where I saw first hand what great work the staff do.

“And since I signed up, I’ve been amazed with the amount of people who have said they know someone who’s been cared for at the Isabel.

“In one way or another, it’s touched the lives of so many in Welwyn Hatfield, and it’s been moving to hear some of their stories.”

It costs £4.2million to keep the hospice running each year, and the fundraising team has to raise a whopping £2.7million.

Keep your eyes on the Welwyn Hatfield Times for details of the trek, and profiles of the team who will be joining Dave.

> A website, www.teambasecamp.co.uk has been set up with details of the expedition, and the team are hoping it can be a massive boost to the charity.

To sponsor Dave, go to www.justgiving.com/Dave-Burke1/ – or text WHTD81 and the amount you wish to sponsor (eg £5) to 70070.

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