September 17, 2008

Coffee Morning With Extreme Altitude

By ELEANOR RADFORD Herald Reporter

Five Girl Guides from the Plymouth area took part in the World's Highest Coffee Morning in the Himalayas on Sunday.

Jenny Dart, 19, Emma Greenacre, 20, Joanne Smith, aged 33, Lauren Calley, 18 and Zoe Viggers, 23 set off from Everest base camp with 11 other West Devon Girl Guides to hold their coffee morning on the nearby 18,500ft peak of Kala Pattar in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The charity is staging a nationwide 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' on Friday September 26 to raise more than pounds8 million.

Zoe Viggers from Tavistock, said: "The trekking has been very hard work in these conditions, but the immense landscape is just as breathtaking. The experience will last with all of the team forever. We've made great friendships within our group and with the Nepali people along the way."

The team sponsored by Somerfield, set off for Everest Base Camp on Saturday September 6 and will be at high altitude in the Himalayas for over two weeks.

Gill Slocombe, Girlguiding South West England's Chief Commissioner said: "Our members in the South West have chosen to support Macmillan's 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' because it offers an amazing opportunity to combine an extreme challenge with fun activities while fundraising for a very worthwhile cause."

In Plymouth, 40 Brownies aged seven to ten took to the slopes of the Ski Centre for an Everest-themed coffee morning on Saturday, in support of the Everest team.

And the girls had Plymouth's First Citizens on a slippery slope during the event. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress gave their support to the Macmillan's fund-raising challenge.

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