It’s been a craze that has swept the world but an Andover woman is taking the ice bucket challenge to a whole new level, by doing it almost two thirds of the way up the world’s highest mountain, using the glacial waters from an Everest stream.
Philippa Thomas, from Andover, has decided that turning 50 should be the catalyst to fully embrace life and take on an extreme challenge.
The businesswoman and mother-of-two has decided to climb to Everest base camp, more than 17,000ft above sea level, and fund raise for a charity close to her heart too.
Philippa is bringing in money for Macmillan Cancer Support by doing the 17-day trek with an additional ice bucket challenge, using water from a mountain stream, and ice from the Cumbria Icefall.
Philippa’s dad died of bowel cancer in 2002 and the charity gave him vital support when he was very ill.
She said: “My dad had support from Macmillan, and in the final stages of his cancer they did a terrific job.”
“After being nominated on Facebook by various friends to do the Ice Bucket challenge I decided what better way than to team it up with my Everest challenge to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.”
Philippa, who’s a long-standing member of the Andover Leisure Centre, has taken the preparation for the challenge very seriously.
It’s a big challenge and a big deal, so she’ been doing studio classes for cardio fitness, regular gym sessions for strength and yoga sessions for suppleness and flexibility. She’s loved it so much, she’s even started training to teach yoga.
Her main worry is suffering from altitude sickness. But she is hoping that her training regime and healthy lifestyle will reduce the risks of this happening.
Philippa flies out to Kathmandu on Saturday [18th October] to start her challenge.
To support Philippa and Macmillan Cancer Support go to www.justgiving.com/Philippa-Thomas3/