Kirsty set for Everest challenge

A Spalding-based accountant is taking on the biggest mountain in the world in memory of her dad.

Kirsty Holmes is to climb to Everest base camp to raise money for Cruse Bereavement Care which helped her cope.

Kirsty said: “My dad died in April 2010, very suddenly and unexpectedly, when he was just 63. We are a really close family, so when he died both my mum and I struggled to come to terms with everything.

“I muddled along for a bit until eventually, I went to speak to my doctor, who recommended I contact Cruse Bereavement Care.”

Kirsty, who works as a paraplanner at MT Financial Management, said that she was put in contact with a wonderful lady at Cruse called Hillary, who spoke to her once a week for around eight months.

“I told her about my dad, how funny, kind and stubborn he was and amazing at building and fixing things,” added Kirsty.

“I cried a lot, obviously, but unbelievably we laughed a lot too when I told her stories about him, and it helped more than I can really put into words.

“I knew that I wanted to do something to give back to such a wonderful cause, that not only helped me but so many other local people dealing with the challenges of bereavement.”

During her upcoming challenge, Kirsty will face six to nine hours trekking a day, temperatures as low as -10c and of course, dealing with altitude at over 5,000 meters.

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