John’s Himalayan trek in memory of daughter

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A former Belper School teacher is embarking on a gruelling trek across the Himalayas in a bid to raise £5,000 in memory of his daughter.

John Holmes, aged 63, is to attempt the Annapurna Circuit later this month as a tribute to his child Philippa, who completed the challenge herself in 2008, shortly before her death the following year from a sudden cardiac problem.

He will be raising money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), and the Steve Sinnott Foundation during the epic feat.

Rising to 5400 metres at its highest point, John will take 21 days to complete the 200 mile, 21 day trek.

John, who lives in Duffield, said: “It is a real privilege to be able to join my friends in this major trek in Phil’s memory. I’m sure that she will be with me every step of the way. We are really proud of everything that she achieved and all that her sister is achieving too. We believe that supporting these charities and the Transplant Service is a great way to celebrate her life.”

Last September, John and his wife Madeleine received the Order of St John in a ceremony at St James’ Palace, on behalf of Philippa, They have also supported Philippa’s sister, Fiona, and her friends in their efforts to raise money for charities in her memory, including a Kilimanjaro climb.

To donate visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/annapurnasixties.