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Bere Regis scouts begin climb to Everest base camp
SCOUTS have started their ascent to the Everest base camp after a week helping to build a medical centre.
The party from the Kingsbere Explorer Scout Unit in Bere Regis are on a month-long expedition in Nepal.
The group of 18 scouts and seven leaders are visiting villages and helping at a clinic as well as tackling the 16-day trek to Everest Base Camp.
Helen Unitt-Jones, from the scouts, said that they had contacted home to tell how they were getting on.
Helen said: “After trekking from Lukla to a small mountain village called Bumburi, the Explorer Scouts spent about a week helping to build a medical centre as part of their charity work with the Moving Mountains Trust.
“They lived among the locals and even spent a day in a school teaching the local children, who were keen for our scouts to teach them maths and the hokey cokey!
“They left the village to start their trek towards Everest Base Camp, and have stopped at Bupsa, Surkey and Phakding en route, now heading for Namche Bazaar before continuing to Base Camp.
“Apart from a couple of incidents with leeches and giant spiders the group are all fit and well, uninjured and enjoying their adventure of a lifetime.”
The Moving Mountains Trust is building a small medical clinic which will enable communities to have better access to healthcare.
The Explorers have donated over £6,500 to the charity.
The trip to Nepal took two years of planning, fundraising and training.
Bere Regis Scout Group has more than 100 members and holds weekly meetings for beavers, cubs, scouts and explorer scouts.
Anyone interested in becoming more involved with the Kingsbere Explorer Unit or the Bere Regis Scout Group is asked to get in touch.
Anyone who can spare the occasional hour or want to join on a more regular basis is asked to contact them.
The group is always keen to welcome new leaders, helpers and supporters.
Email Helen Unitt-Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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