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Charity mountain trek was moving experience for Mitch

By NDJNicole  |  Posted: December 24, 2013

Mitch Kingsland spent 19 days trekking in the Himalayas

Mitch Kingsland spent 19 days trekking in the Himalayas

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A MAN battled altitude sickness and severe headaches to complete an epic fundraising challenge.

Mitch Kingsland, 55, from Shebbear spent 19 days trekking in the Himalayas and up to Everest base camp.

Mr Kingsland, who works as the catering manager at Shebbear College, raised more than £3,000 for Alzheimer’s charities.

He said: “My father has suffered with dementia for several years now. My mum cares for him and suffers daily because of it. It’s a cruel disease. My dad is physically very fit for an 80-year-old man but inside he is being taken away.

“I can’t bear to see it happening to him and the torment it is for my poor mum.”

Mr Kingsland trained for the event but wasn’t prepared for the outburst of emotions after the event.

He said: “I have never experienced anything to match it. The scenery, the teamwork, the camaraderie, the effort, the laughs.

“It all contributed to making it one of the most moving experiences of my life. I confess, I cried like a baby one day out from base camp.

“I looked up to see a view of Everest and the surrounding mountains that I had been dreaming of for over a year. I collapsed in a pathetic grizzling heap.”

Mr Kingsland took 1,000 pictures from his trip. He said: “I look at some of them daily. I would go back in a heartbeat.

“Thank you to everyone who supported me. I have been very moved by people’s generosity.”

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