Determined daughter Rachael Thompson is set to scale new heights when she undertakes the challenge of a lifetime by trekking to the Everest Base Camp.
Rachael is setting off on the adventure to raise funds for a charity close to her heart.
The 34-year-old, from Padfield near Glossop, explained: “Everest has always been on my bucket list. I love a challenge and this is the ultimate one for me.
“But I have decided to use this chance to raise awareness of the importance of kidney research to help with transplants, dialysis, medication etc and to raise as much money as possible.
“I have funded the trip myself and 100 per cent of all donations will go straight to the charity.”
Rachael explained that her father, Lee Thompson, 64, a retired chartered building surveyor for High Peak Borough Council, has benefitted from receiving a new kidney just weeks ago.
“I know the importance of such kidney research, and I would like this to be my way of contributing and saying thanks,” she said.
Her father’s treatment has been a long journey spanning back years to initial diagnosis at Tameside Hospital in 2011.
As his kidneys failed he was twice placed on the transplant list – but the average waiting time is three years and eight months before a match is found.
Lee’s kidneys made a slight recovery following medication over the years and he came off the transplant list, only to be advised he would ultimately require a transplant.
Fortunately, after going back on the list he waited only 20 days before a match was found and underwent the operation on September 28.
He has since been discharged from hospital but his recovery will take many months and he will be constantly monitored.
Lee has received care and treatment at Stepping Hill and the Manchester Royal Infirmary renal unit, which carries out more than 200 transplants every year.
“The staff and team of the MRI renal unit were amazing,” said Rachael.
“My dad has nothing but praise for their professional and selfless attitude to their work.
“Without the help of Kidney Research UK none of this would have even been possible, so I’m raising money to help fund further research.
“Whilst my dad was in hospital I spoke to a few people who underwent a similar procedure and each and every one of them are beyond grateful for their donors, and without the selfless act of donors and their families my dad and others would not have had this second chance.”
Rachael, who works at Glossop’s Tesco Pharmacy added: “At first everyone thought I was silly for trekking to Everest Base Camp as I have Raynauds disease, but now they are happy and supportive, even more so because I’m doing it also to raise awareness and money for Kidney Research UK.”
Raynauds disease can cause some areas of the body, like fingers and toes, to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures.
Rachael has been busy training for the challenge, as she puts it, ‘in her own back yard’.
“I have always loved being outdoors but my love for the hills probably started properly only about four years ago,” she says.
“Since then I spend most of my spare time hiking somewhere. My training ground for my trek is my own back yard… Bleaklow, Kinder, Black Hill, The Great Ridge and many other areas within the Peak District. I have scaled Snowdon and explored The Lake district. If there’s a hill then I’ll climb it.”
Rachael will embark on the challenge in two weeks time and is attempting to raise as much money as possible for the charity.
If you would like to support her effort she has set up a just giving page which can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rachael-Thompson84