Nelson mum’s Mount Everest mission to help children with leukaemia

Alex Hendry

Alex Hendry

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a PENDLE woman is to scale part of Mount Everest in memory of her son and her neighbours’ son who both died of leukaemia.

Alex Hendry (53), of Ringstone Crescent, Nelson, hopes to raise as much as possible for the Children with Leukaemia charity when she hikes to base camp in April.

Since her son Paul died of leukaemia in 1982 aged six, Alex has been raising funds for the charity, having run in the Dublin, London and New York marathons.

However, after her next door neighbours’ lost their son Matthew Holgate to the same disease at the age of four in 2008, Alex has decided to try her hand at mountaineering.

Alex said: “Leukaemia is not a very nice disease. You wouldn’t wish it on anyone. When Matthew got it, it was very similar to Paul. He was such a lovely, beautiful boy and a little fighter at the end too.

“It’s an organised 19-day trip with 29 other people. We fly in to Kathmandu first for four days to acclimatise and then on to Lukla before going on the trek itself which is 14 days.”

Donations to Children with Leukaemia are welcome, small or large. Please visit www.bmycharity.com/alexhendry.