Sam counts down to Everest climb

LIFE CHANGING CLIMB: Sam Wells, who is preparing to climb Mount Everest.
LIFE CHANGING CLIMB: Sam Wells, who is preparing to climb Mount Everest.

A BRAVE fundraiser is counting down to the trip of a lifetime in memory of her best friend.

In just six weeks, Sam Wells, 21, from Balme Road, Cleckheaton, will embark on an expedition to the base camp of Mount Everest in the Himalayas. But it’s not the first time Sam has prepared for the life changing trip.

In 2009, Sam was all ready to go with her friend Sarah Heppenstall, but she slipped on some ice and injured her back.

“It was when we had all the really bad weather before Christmas and I fell and hit my head and hurt my back,” she said.

“The doctor advised me not to go on the trip in case it got worse while I was out there. I was really frustrated.”

As reported in the Spenborough Guardian last year, Sarah completed the gruelling challenge and raised just under £4,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

The girls were inspired by their friend Kayleigh Edgar who died from a rare heart condition four years ago. Kayleigh, a former Whitcliffe Mount pupil, was born with pulmonary atresia and spent the last few months of her life in and out of hospital.

She never let her illness get in the way of enjoying life, and just five days before she died, she walked her proud mum Carol down the aisle at her wedding to Richard Jagger.

Now Sam, with the help of her big brother Danny, wants to beat the £4,000 marker set by Sarah and is organising a masquerade ball to raise extra money.

The ball at the Whitcliffe Hotel will include a casino, a four-course meal, a disco and a raffle.

Sam added: “While we’re having fun, we will also be doing something great. All proceeds taken at this event will be donated to the British Heart Foundation.

“Their vision is of a world in which people do not die prematurely of heart disease. It’s a worthy cause that I’m proud to support, so any support you can give is greatly appreciated. With the right research, one day this condition may be cured.”

Tickets priced £25, are available from Sam on 0792 6900459.