Jools Brennan, a current Upper Sixth pupil, is raising money for The Gurkha Welfare Trust by cycling the equivalent height of 8 mountains in Nepal.
Originally Jools was planning to raise funds for his school trip to Nepal in 2021 and intended to donate a proportion of the funds raised to The Gurkha Welfare Trust. He has since changed his mind and decided to donate all the money he raises to this amazing charity.
Jools has received wonderful support from the charity in promoting his epic challenge and he has developed a deep respect for these humble people.
"During Summer 2021, when I will be in my last year of Sixth Form, I will be taking part in Global Action's Nepal Annapurna Program," said Jools.
"Nepal is incredibly diverse, from the World Heritage palaces of Kathmandu to the world-famous Annapurna National Park. Whilst in Nepal I will be involved in a poverty reduction project, working with charities and families to build schools, clean water and sanitation systems which will reduce illness and disease and increase school attendance.
"Whilst in Nepal, I will also visit the Gurkha Welfare Trust and will be making a financial contribution to the trust which supports retired Gurkhas and their families, provides medical camps, disaster relief and healthcare to Gurkha pensioners and supports Gurkha veterans in residential homes."
Jools aims to raise at least £800 for The Gurkha Welfare Trust and to do this he is going to cycling the equivalent height of the 8 mountains in Nepal above 8000 meters over an 8 month period - a total ascent of 67,035 metres!
"I started with Mount Everest, completing this on 9th June 2020," said Jools, "then followed it with Kanchenjunga which I completed on 13th July 2020.
"Having replaced MANY inner tubes, had a new tyre, new gear cable, and a new chain, I have now completed my third peak, Lhotse and am well on my way to completing my 4th peak, Makalu."
The Gurkha’s are close to Oswestry School’s heart. Former pupil, Brigadier Patch Reehal MBE, was appointed Colonel The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment in August 2020.
If you would like to help Jools to reach his £800 target (he currently has £578) then head to his GoFundMe page.