Clumber Park Hotel boss ready for Mount Everest charity climb

A HOTEL boss whose son suffers from autism has booked himself in for a fundraising expedition to Mount Everest Base Camp.

James Hemming, hotel manager of Sherwood Forest, based at Clumber Park Hotel and Spa, will take on the 18-day trek from 3rd October to raise money for The National Autistic Society.

“Since running the London Marathon a few years ago, I’ve been looking for another challenging way to raise money for charity,” said James.

“When I learned of the trek to Everest Base Camp, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to raise some money for The National Autistic Society.

“It’s the ultimate test of endurance and one which I hope, will help a charity very close to my heart, as my son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome earlier this year.”

Starting with a flight from Kathmandu to the town of Lukla in the foothills of the Nepalese Himalayas, James, accompanied by a team of eight, will undertake two weeks of arduous walking to reach the foot of Everest and also climb up to the peak of the 5,550m-high Kallar Pattar.

The group will also be doing stunts and accepting challenges along the way to generate further donations for their charities.

“Trekking to Everest Base Camp is probably one of the hardest things I’ll ever have to do but I’m determined to succeed, as it’s an amazing opportunity to support some very deserving charities,” added James.

“I’ve started cycling to work at the start of the year but something tells me I’m going to be looking at a training programme a little bit more strenuous than that, if I’m to conquer Everest Base Camp.”