Everest wasn’t enough for adventurous Julie

Dinner lady and nursery assistant at Salterlee Primary School, Julie Phillips, 42, is set to climb to Everest Base Camp for Help for Heroes charity.
Dinner lady and nursery assistant at Salterlee Primary School, Julie Phillips, 42, is set to climb to Everest Base Camp for Help for Heroes charity.

NEVER one to shy away from an adventure, supergran Julie Phillips decided climbing Everest wasn’t quite enough - and decided to scale a second mountain on her charity trip to Nepal.

It’s not the first time Julie, 42, who has worked at Salterlee School, Shibden for 17 years, has taken on a mammoth challenge.

Her latest adventure was to trek to the base camp of Everest, the world’s highest mountain at the end of March.

“It was absolutely outstanding. I just can’t explain it,” said Julie.

While she was there, organisers suggested she try to tackle Kala Patthar - adding another 5,545ft climb to her trek. “They decided I was fit and healthy enough so I went for it,” she said.

Staff, pupils and families at the school have all given Julie their backing and her total already stands at almost £2,000 - all for Help 4 Heroes.

Pupils have held cake sales and sponsored silences to help Julie on her way.

After returning from her inspirational trip in mid-April, she is now hard at work on her next fund-raising push.

She has organised a “It’s a Knockout” day at Ovenden Rugby Club on May 15.

There is still space for teams of 10 to take part - if you’re quick!

As well as the inflatable obstacle course, entertainment, food and a tombola will also be available.

Julie will continue her adventures with a 100km trek for Oxfam in June and said she would “definitely” return to Everest if the opportunity arose.

For more details call Julie on 01422 251948.

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