A KEEN climbing couple from Sutton are preparing to take on their biggest challenge yet.
Deborah Kerry (31), of Blackthorn Way, is planning to climb the 6,476-metre high Mera Peak in the Himalayas with her husband Mark (33) in aid of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.
Mrs Kerry said she and her husband - who have already conquered Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa - are using their experience to prepare for the trek next November.
“We are both really looking forward to it but, of course, we are nervous, we know it’s a big undertaking,” she said.
“Because I have already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro I have learnt how crucial it is to be well prepared for a challenge like this.
“I have been doing lots of training, including taking part in the Newark Half Marathon, the Broxtowe triathlon and then a biathlon in October.”
Mrs Kerry, who is an intensive care physiotherapist at King’s Mill Hospital, said her work had been a prominent factor in wanting to support her chosen charity.
She added: “The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance is an excellent charity and very perti nent in my line of work.
“Knowing that we are raising vital funds for such a worthy cause will help get us all the way to the top.”
The couple expect the expedition to take just over three weeks as they climb the northface glacier.
Mark and Deborah are covering all the expenses for their trip to the Mera Peak in Nepal themselves.
The Specsavers store at Sutton’s Idlewells centre has decided to donate a pair of spectacles and sunglasses to Deborah to help her on her way.
Store director Nigel Davidson said: “This is such an amazing feat and we wanted to help Mrs Kerry in any way we could.
“After all the hard work she’s putting in we’re proud that we’ll be helping.”
The couple are also hoping the community will get behind them by giving donations to help raise money for their chosen charity.
Mrs Kerry said: “I am very grateful to Specsavers for supporting me and would like to thank everyone else who has donated funds so far.
If you would like to donate visit www.justgiving.com/deborahandmarkkerry.