By Petra McMillan

Day 5 done in climb to raise funds for Marie Curie Nurses.  Hiking through the Khumbu valley with its crazy suspension bridges, opaque glacial river and jaw-dropping views.Today we glimpsed Everest for the first time. It was emotional, surreal and humbling all at once.  Tomorrow, as temperatures plummet and high altitude sucks at our every breath, we resume our five day slog to base camp. Jenni and I would like to thank everyone for their encouragement and support, it’s keeping us motivated.  Everest ya big beastie, we’re coming to get you!


Dumbuck Hotel owner Petra McMillan and pal Jennie on their way up Everest to raise funds for Marie Curie Nurses. Jackie Baillie MSP said: “The work that Marie Curie carries out in our local area makes a hugely important contribution and improves the quality of patients lives. Their hands-on, personal care has made thousands of patients and families across Scotland feel supported and valued, during what is often a very difficult time. Local residents have made a fantastic effort to raise funds for Marie Curie over the years and the donations have helped with funding research as well as supplying high tech equipment for the hospices and employing more vital staff.”

  • Anyone can receive free support through the Marie Curie Information and Support Line on 0800 090 2309 or visit mariecurie.org.uk/help.  If you are interested in getting involved in local fundraising with Marie Curie, please contact Sara Murray sara.murray@mariecurie.org.uk, or to find out more about Marie Curie’s local Helper service please contact Katie Wardlaw katie.wardlaw@mariecurie.org.uk To donate,  visit http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamalchemyEBC.  For more information on Marie Curie, go to http://www.mariecurie.org.uk

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