A 53-year-old vet will literally scale new heights when she attempts to be the first to conquer an unclimbed peak in Nepal in aid of a cancer support centre close to her heart.
Heather Bentley, of Great Barton, will join a once in a life time expedition of the previously unscaled 5,921 metre high NarPhu Peak in the Lost Valley Region of Nepal next month.
She is taking on the ‘phenomenal’ opportunity after tackling four previous mountain challenges in the last seven years starting with a ‘life changing’ climb of Kilimanjaro in 2007.
Funding the latest trip herself, she aims to raise £500 for Maggies, previously know as The Wallace Centre, in Cambridge, which offers practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer as well as their family and friends.
Mrs Bentley, who is a vet at Thurston Veterinary Centre, said: “This is quite phenomenal. It’s pretty high but it’s the thought that nobody’s been there which is just unbelieveable - the thought there are places in the world nobody has set foot on.”
The climb has been organised by Expedition Wise, based in Wales, and she will join a team of six for the three week challenge from Nov 9.
As part of her training regime, she is working out in the gym and running but she says her ‘real training’ is walking in the hills during trips to Wales and Yorkshire.
Mrs Bentley said it was her daughter’s diabetes which inspired her to attempt her first mountain challenge, Kilimanjaro, to raise funds for Diabetes UK.
Her later challenges were Cotopaxi and the Avenue of Volcanoes, Elbrus and Stok Kangri.
She is raising funds for Maggies as she has friends who have used the centre.
Mrs Bentley added: “This is going to be an amazing but gruelling challenge and once we reach our basecamp we will be where no one else has ever been.”