A team from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) will be climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest to raise money for the N&N Hospitals Charity.
The staff, from the Nuclear Medicine department, will aim to climb 8,848 metres of stairwell at the hospital – the equivalent of the world’s tallest mountain – requiring them to climb their stairs 369 times to reach the summit.
Those taking part include Arron Drew, Emily Fittock, Stephen Wright and Sara Burdett, who will be retiring from the Trust at the end of this month after 37 years.
The team will begin the stair climb at 8am on Saturday, December 19, with the aim of completing the challenge the following at. Although they will not be facing Everest-type weather, the team will need to ensure they stay hydrated and keep their spirits up as they tackle the climb.
Arron Drew, who came up with the challenge, said: “Each climb is 53 steps which equals 24m a climb. In order for us to be able to climb Everest, we would need to climb to the top 368.6 times, so for good measure we are making it 369 times.
“We are planning to split this over a two-day period climbing for eight hours a day, hopefully climbing 185 times a day.
“We have all worked during the pandemic at the hospital and feel that this is a challenge we wanted to undertake as a team to have some fun and to raise money for the N&N Hospitals Charity specifically going towards the Trust Cancer Services.”
The team has already raised £340 and if you would like to support the team, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/NNUH-Everesting