On top of the world for charity
CLECKHEATON accountancy firm Clough and Co has welcomed back triumphant associate Catherine Berry after she completed a gruelling charity Everest trek.
Catherine, 36, raised over 6,200 for the British Heart Foundation in memory of her late father Keith Watmough - who was with the firm for over 30 years. She was part of a team of 36 which raised 118,000.
Her once-in-a-lifetime trek to the Everest base camp was made even more difficult by daytime temperatures of over 20o C – plunging to minus 20o at night.
"My adventure has been everything and more I hoped it would be. It was challenging, exhilarating, tough and always worth the energy I put in to it," Catherine said.
"I'm glad I trained as I did, I'm glad I took care of what kit to buy and I'm glad I saw each step as important as every other."
Despite walking for up to 10 hours per day and not showering for two weeks, Catherine managed to have fun.
She said: "We got to see some amazing sights and even managed a snowball fight which literally took our breath away."
Clough and Co, her main sponsor, were 'delighted' with her success and in honouring her father who was such a respected member of the firm.
Practice chairman Steven Gash said: "We are so proud of Catherine, her determination and will to succeed has meant that she has been able to complete an extremely challenging task and we are delighted to have contributed to the staggering amount of money she has raised.
Keith dedicated most of his working life to the firm and we are delighted to have sponsored Catherine in his memory."