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Ipswich: Five in Everest trek for brave Brooke

13:21 05 October 2012

Brooke Lawrance

Brooke Lawrance


A TEAM of five intrepid explorers are taking on the challenge of a lifetime to help Brooke Lawrance’s dream come true.


With temperatures reaching below -15C and 14 hard days of trekking to altitudes of 5,400 metres above sea level, the Mount Everest team face a gruelling challenge.

Friends Mark Hughes and Terry Harding teamed up to take on the challenge next March in aid of Brooke’s Wish To Walk appeal which was set up to pay for a £70,000 life-changing operation for six-year-old Brooke, from Morland Road, Ipswich.

And thanks to Twitter another three people have signed up – Sam Flitton, Amy Champion and former Great Britain rugby league player Bobbie Goulding.

Mr Hughes, from Surrey, said: “None of us know the Lawrance family personally and this has happened through Twitter.

“Myself and Terry wanted to do something for charity but couldn’t decide on which one to support so we got in touch with the Lawrance family and set up our challenge.”

Brooke, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby, has been confined to a wheelchair since.

She will undergo the selective dorsal rhizotomy operation in November at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri, America.

Mr Hughes said: “We want to raise £100,000 for Brooke and the Tree of Hope charity.

“We’re aiming to be able to pay for Brooke’s treatment and physiotherapy for three years following her operation as well as help other children via Tree of Hope.”

To date, the Lawrance family have raised more than £57,000.

Visit to sponsor the team or to donate.


1 comment

  • While it's terribly sad that a child should have a disability, and it's even more sad that the so-called NHS is being dismantled before our very eyes by a shambolic government made up of has-beens, no-hopers and never-should-have-beens that most people didn't vote for, setting off for a mountaineering adventure on a sponsored jaunt is a futile exercise. By all means raise money, but why not do something worthwhile with a tangible outcome, such as a sponsored re-design of Ipswich's road layout, with inner and outer ring roads, arterial routes and scope for road works for routine maintenance that doesn't bring the town to a halt. I'd happily pay someone a pound for that, especially as the engineers in the Suffolk County Council Environment & Transport Directorate are clearly unable to do it.

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