Dramatic end to Damieon’s Everest climbing adventure

Mountain climbers: Damieon, Lee and Andy before leaving for Nepal
Mountain climbers: Damieon, Lee and Andy before leaving for Nepal
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AN EX-Halifax rugby league player has had to be airlifted off Mount Everest during his mountainous effort.

Damieon Pickles was climbing the mountain with his brother Lee and friend Andy and all made it to base camp but as they arrived Damieon was taken ill.

The trio are raising money for different charities and have raised £11,695.

Damieon is fund-raising for Overgate Hospice in Elland in memory of his grandad.

The hospice looked after Damieon and Lee’s grandad, Tony Ackroyd, an avid Halifax RLFC fan, before his death two years ago.

Police officer Damieon, Lee who is a quantity surveyor and Andy, who works for a paint company, were all looking forward to their challenge and set off on October 7.

Speaking from his hotel bed in Kathmandu, Damieon said he was now on the mend.

“We made it to base camp but on the way down I started suffering from acute altitude sickness,” said Damieon, who played for Fax for four years.

He was due to be flown out of the area, but their take off was cancelled due to low cloud – all adding to Damieon’s woe.

He is now recovering in a hotel, but will have a check-up today to make sure he is ok to travel.

If he is passed fit enough to fly, he will make his way home on Sunday with his brother and Andy, who are still making their way down the mountain.

“I have got my goal in the end as I made it to base camp,” he said.

The group all donned Fax shirts, donated by the club, at base camp.

To sponsor them visit www.virginmoneygiving.com and search for their names.