Everest next for gran 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.'Pictured with  a group of students from class 4 who have helped her with fundraising
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.'Pictured with a group of students from class 4 who have helped her with fundraising

AN ADVENTUROUS gran is getting ready to pack her bags for her latest adventure – a climb up Everest.

Julie Phillips, 42, will set off later this month by flying to Nepal before attempting to climb to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain.

Julie has worked at Salterlee School, Shibden for 17 years –– currently as nursery practitioner, dinnertime supervisor and PE instructor.

Thanks to pupils and staff at the school – including head teacher Andy Taylor – her fund-raising total currently stands at £1,980, which will all go to Help 4 Heroes.

Class 4 alone have contributed more than £500 to her total, holding a sponsored silence and a bun sale. “It’s been fantastic,” said Julie.

“I’ve read so much about the charity and it just made me want to do something and get involved,” she said.

Her adventurous streak began 10 years ago after the death of her husband.

Since then she has scaled Kilimanjaro, raising more than £7,000, and has taken part in the Midnight Walk for Overgate Hospice and Race for Life.

This June she will also take part in a 100k trek for Oxfam.

Julie flies on March 26 and plans to return on April 13. She has the backing of her children Gareth, Emily and Laura and partner Stephen Rickett.

“I’m just so excited. I can’t wait,” she said.

On May 15 Julie has organised an “It’s a Knockout” themed day and already has 18 teams ready to battle their way across an inflatable obstacle course which will be set up at Ovenden Rugby Club.

To sponsor Julie visit www.charitygiving.co.uk.