Sarah with colleagues and friends outside the Albero Lounge.

A fundraiser has completed its ascent of Mount Everest without ever leaving Bedford – using stairs across the town to raise more than £1,800 for the King’s Arms project.

Sarah Blakely completed her challenge on Tuesday night (August 2) after it was started by her friend during the 2021 lockdown.

The summit of 8,848.86 meters finally reached by Sarah on the stairs of the Albero Lounge in Bedford.

Sarah makes her last virtual ascent of Everest on the stairs of the Albero Lounge.

She said: ‘As I walked up the stairs to the Albero Lounge, I thought of all the milestones clients of the King’s Arms project go through – the mountains they must climb to live independently.

Through the challenge, Sarah learned about the financial generosity of her family and friends and the satisfaction of taking on a physical challenge.

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Pride in completing the milestones kept him going, as did the donations that will go towards helping those displaced or homeless across the county.

Sarah explained: “I think of the refugees we support, thinking of the miles they traveled to get here, and then the challenges they seek every day. The support from family and friends has been amazing.

Kirstie Cook, CEO of King’s Arms Project, said: “It’s fundraisers like Sarah that make a real difference to the people we support – whether that’s providing legal advice for refugees or housing for someone leaving the street.”

She added: “She made the challenge fun for her and a joy for the King’s Arms Project team to cheer her on – thank you Sarah!”

Donations can always be made to Sarah here.

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This notice was published: 2022-08-05 16:18:58