Halifax businessman Jonny Brayshaw has taken on a Himalaya trek to Everest base camp for us in memory of his son’s best friend Lewis Hilton.
Nineteen year old Lewis died on 28 January at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, after suffering from ‘flu-like’ symptoms (read his story here).
“Lewis was a great lad,” Jonny said. “I’ll always remember his big cheeky grin whenever he walked through the door.”
Physical and mental challenge
The 41-year-old car detailer told us, “I had always wanted to trek to Everest base camp and felt that if I was to complete a sponsored event for the charity I would prefer it to be something that challenged me both physically and mentally.”
Jonny, who has raised over £3,000 so far, helping to take Lewis’s Forever Fund to over £20,000, flew out at the beginning of November for the three-week trek, which starts from Kathmandu.
“Once we leave the main village on the trail it’s pretty barren”, Jonny added. “It’s a climb off the beaten track towards the base camp, which is at 17,500 feet.
Best view of Everest
“Then we arrive at a ridge at 18,500 feet, which gives you the best view of Everest. We’ll watch the sun rise before turning round and heading back.”
Jonny, who enjoys the outdoors but wouldn’t describe himself as an experienced trekker, has increased his cycling and running levels to prepare for the trek and has undertaken some long strenuous walks over the past few months.
His son Joe, Lewis’s best friend, has also been testing himself and raising funds for us in Lewis’s memory, by taking on the Leeds Triathlon earlier this year. Read more about this here.