Reaching new heights for children in Norfolk

Reaching new heights for children in Norfolk

Published by Grace Marner
6:02am 24th August 2019.

It's one step at a time for Hannah Baxter from Fakenham.

She'll be making her way up Everest to base camp in November.

But Norfolk isn't the best training ground to reach these new heights! 

Hannah Baxter everest


Hannah said:

"Norfolk is not hilly at all! 

"I've just been doing coastal walks. I've done a lot around Hunstanton and then I've been walking from Hunstanton to Heacham and gradually increasing it. 

"Me and Dad have walked from Hunstanton to Bircham Windmill so that was a 10 mile walk. We've biked it before so I knew there were a few hills but when you're on a bike they seem a lot bigger than when you're walking it so I thought it was really hilly. I did do Beeston Bump too.

"For my first bit of training, we went to Wales as a family. Me and my Dad went to do Snowdon but it was that week where it was really hot. There was no shade on it or anything so we made it halfway and I was like, well we're only going to base camp and that's halfway as well so it's good training!"

"I'm just trying to find hills!"


She's raising money for Embrace, the only national charity who soley focus on helping children and families impacted by serious crime like murder, sexual assault or neglect. 

In 2018, Embrace delivered support to 88 children across Norfolk - tripling the number from the pervious year. 

Hannah will be part of a small group made up of survivors of childhood crime, police officers and charity supporters, trekking to Base Camp in the Himalayan region of north-east Nepal led by an expert Sherpa guide.


That's not her only challenge with the climb though, she also suffers from asthma:

"It's been okay around Norfolk. On Snowdon it was quite steep at the start and I did struggle but once we got past the really steep bit it was alright as well. It's just pacing really

"I had to go and get checked out by a doctor and they gave me the all clear and they said it should be fine. I think it's just as long as I take my inhalers it should be fine.

"There's medical people that come with us obviously and they've got cans of air - bring some extra, just for me!"


You can help Hannah raise money by donating on her Just Giving page. Alternatively, you can go to any one of her fundraising events:

  • An evening of Classical Music at Fakenham Salvation Army from 7pm Saturday 19th October
  • A charity quiz night and bake sale at Fakenham Community Centre from 7pm on Saturday September 14th

Embrace is keen to hear from local gyms or Personal Trainers in the Fakenham area who could provide additional training for Hannah at low or no cost. Please contact Beth at info@embracecvoc.org.uk for further details.

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