12 year old girl with scoliosis attempting to climb the height of Everest on a climbing wall
Posted on 26th September 2013 by Liz in Fundraising
Emma Welch, 12, from Chilcompton in Somerset, has taken on the challenge of climbing the height of Mount Everest at the climbing wall in her local Sports Centre despite her diagnosis of scoliosis last year, inspired by her Baptist Church Minister, Andrew Stammers who is battling a brain tumour. This amazing feat has already been declared an official world record attempt with Guinness World Records confirming that Emma would become the youngest person ever to climb the height of Everest on an indoor climbing wall.
In order to achieve the height of Everest, Emma will have to make 1,209 ascents of the wall and is aiming to do at least 50 climbs twice a week until 24th November when Paul Keleher, the mountaineer who became the first person to place the 2012 London Olympic flag on the top of Everest, will join her for her final ascent to the summit.
Emma was inspired to take on her own challenge when she learnt that, despite living with a malignant brain tumour, her Church Minister, Andrew, completed an impressive 100-mile canal walk challenge earlier this year to raise awareness of the disease and over £5,000 for Brain Tumour Research.
Read the full press release here.