Schoolboy brothers trekking to Everest Base Camp for St Luke's
PUBLISHED: 11:38 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:44 15 March 2017
The pair, along with three physios from Northwick Park Hospital, will be taking on the challenge to raise funds in memory of loved ones cared for at the hospice.
Sechan and Luxman Chandrasekaram, two brothers aged 11 and 15 from Chiswick, will be trekking to remember their grand-uncle, as well as Northwick Park Hospital physiotherapist Jaanki Palan, who will be trekking in memory of her grandmother. Both parties’ loved ones were cared for by St Luke’s Hospice.
The schoolboys will undertake their 40-mile haul at the end of March.
Sechan said: “Our grand-uncle, Sivaumar Sangarapillai, always encouraged us to do charity work and he believed it was the backbone of humanity. We hope to raise much needed money to help the charity that helped him.”
The boys are no strangers to trekking challenges, having hiked both the Alps and the Brecon Beacons.
They have also started a rigorous training regime, including walking 27 miles in a few days along the South Downs, as well as ten-mile yomps along the Thames. They will be joined on the trip by their father and uncle.
Sechan and Luxman so far have raised almost £300, with that figure set to rise as the trek gets closer.
Ahead of her trek on April 20, Miss Palan said: “The team at St Luke’s have been nothing short of amazing and supportive in the last and most memorable moments of our time with my grandmother, Lilaben Bhudheo, keeping her comfortable in a dignified manner.”
The 25-year-old added: “Our family are forever grateful to St Luke’s Hospice, and I hope to raise all I can for such a worthwhile cause.”
Miss Sechan’s team of physio’s have aptly named themselves ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, and the team of three have already surpassed their joint target of £1,500.
St Luke’s Event Fundraiser, Alex Duffy, said: “The money raised by those trekking for St Luke’s will help towards providing care for people with a life-limiting illness living in Harrow and Brent.
“Whether that is through our 12 bed In-Patient Unit, our day services at the Woodgrange Centre or supporting people in their own homes. The donations will help local people access the care they need to live well, to know that their family and carers are supported, and to die with dignity in the place of their choice.”
For more information, or to donate, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TheEverestBase or http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=EverestBaseCampChallenge2017&isTeam=true