Wednesday, 27 July 2011

It's a Challenge - and Not Just for Feet!

Monday morning saw parents and teenagers converging on King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds promptly at - even though the summer term ended last Friday.

Why were they there? Well, the parents were saying goodbye, but the teeneagers were about to set off on a life-changing trip and a real challenge, in the mountains and tropical forests of Nepal.

We're very proud to be sponsoring the trip for one of those lucky teenagers, and we look forward to hearing all about it when they get back to England in four weeks' time. He'll be trekking in the Himalayas for much of the time, so healthy feet and good boots and socks were vital pieces of equipment for him!

He also took a blister kit, enough hygienic wipes to keep everything clean and infection-free for a month and walking poles - said to reduce impact on knees and ankles by up to sixty percent. He probably also has enough first aid supplies for the whole team, but you can't be too careful! Camping at altitude means he also has to carry enough layered clothing to keep warm and a very good sleeping bag - which all costs money.

The World Challenge trip was organised through the school but still costs each participant several thousand pounds just to participate - which they had to raise themselves - and The Foot Care Centre and The College of Foot Care Practitioners were very pleased to be able to help.

I'll update you on how it went just as soon as I know myself !!!


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