Whitby GP’s advice to hospice trekker

Dr Sutcliffe hands over some of his kit to Ann Harper
Dr Sutcliffe hands over some of his kit to Ann Harper
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WHITBY’S very own intrepid explorer has been passing on his tips to a senior manager of St Catherine’s Hospice who is about to undertake her own challenge.

Dr Alistair Sutcliffe, a GP at Whitby Group Practice, who became the first man to summit the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, has been helping out Anne Harper, the hospice’s director of patient services.

She is taking part in an Everest Base Camp Challenge in March to fulfill a personal ambition, mark 25 years at Saint Catherine’s and also raise funds for the charity.

She said: “It was a great honour to meet Dr Sutcliffe who has achieved so much and been such a great supporter of Saint Catherine’s too. He is very supportive and encouraging.”

Alistair was left fighting for life following a brain haemorrhage in 2010. He recovered and went on to write a successful book on his life, The Hardest Climb, the royalties from which he donates to Saint Catherine’s.

He said: “My advice to Ann is about the value of good preparation. To be properly prepared in terms of having the right kit and to be mentally prepared for what is to come.

“Also to have something with you that reminds you of home and gives you comfort – for me it was an inflatable pillow that helped me to get a good night’s sleep.”

He has loaned Ann some of the kit he uses as she prepares for the 18 day challenge that will entail joining an organised trek across difficult terrain at altitude to reach the base camp, at 5,332m.

To sponsor Ann visit: www.justgiving.com/Ann-Harper

St Catherine’s is also organising a parachute jump to raise funds for the hospice and is appealing for daredevils, who want to freefall from 10,000 feet, to make that jump.

It will take place on Saturday 6 July. For more details contact Louise Gravestock on 01723 378406.