Market Deeping man climbed to Mount Everest base camp to raise money for charity

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A well-known former shopkeeper climbed 5,364m to raise money for charities that helped his mum in her final days.

Amrit Mistry from Market Deeping made the huge trek to Mount Everest’s Nepalese base camp and raised about £2,800.

The money has been divided equally and donated to Marie Curie and St Barnabas Hospice, charities which helped to support Amrit’s mother before she died.

Amrit Mistry climbed 50,000m of Mount Everest for charity

He managed to raise £2,800 for charities

Speaking about the trek, which takes place amid one of the world’s most spectacular backdrops, Amrit said: “It is something I have always wanted to do and it was a really good experience for me.

“The scenery was just incredible. I didn’t want to miss a second of it.”

Amrit – who ran the Spar shop in Godsey Lane, Market Deeping, for 33 years before his retirement – was due to fly out on March 18 but tested positive for covid the day before, delaying his trip by a fortnight.

Due to testing positive for covid, he flew out two weeks later than intended

It took him about two and a half weeks to complete

It was the first challenge of this kind for Amrit – having practised in completely different conditions by going for long walks around the Deepings.

The Everest trek, accompanied by experienced guides, took nearly three weeks.

One of the main issues trekkers face comes from the high altitudes, which can cause headaches, dizziness and shortness of breath.

Amrit loved the views

Amrit has always wanted to climb Mount Everest

But Amrit remained in good enough health to complete the challenge and – despite having never met any of the group members before – he was pleased with how well they all got on together during the challenge.