Shelley takes on mountain climb

Ben Nevis trekker Shelly Cooper.
Ben Nevis trekker Shelly Cooper.
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THE CHALLENGE of climbing Britain’s highest mountain is in store for a Cowbit woman this weekend.

Shelley Cooper (36) is joining a group of 18 people from across the country who will be trekking up the 4,408 feet Ben Nevis.

Residents and staff at Holbeach and East Elloe Hospital Nursing Home will be keeping their fingers crossed for Shelley who hopes to raise at least £500 for the hospital.

She said: “I wanted to do something worthwhile with some money left to me by my grandfather who passed away last November.

“After some investigation, I decided to take part in a trek challenge up Ben Nevis for the hospital’s nursing home because my nan has been a resident there for over four years.

“She was diagnosed with vascular dementia in April 2008 and was only given a short time to live.

“But thanks to the fantastic work of the dedicated carers and nurses at the hospital, she is still with us over four years later.”

Shelley, who works for Holbeach firm Intergreen UK, signed up for the trek in March and has prepared for it by long walks in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

She said: “I haven’t done anything like this before and I’m a little bit apprehensive about it.

“But I spoke to a friend who has done the same trek and said it was a very exhilarating experience.”

Shelley sets out from Cowbit tomorrow for Fort William where the trek will start early on Saturday morning.

The 4,408ft trek will go through the famous zig-zags at Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe before reaching the summit where Shelley will have breathtaking views over Glen Nevis and Loch Eli.

Shelley said: “The hospital has provided my entire family with a great deal of support over the years and I want to donate everything I raise so it can continue to provide the invaluable service it does at present.”

To sponsor Shelley, visit the hospital or Holbeach Hospital League of Friends Shop in High Street.