Tuesday 19 September 2017

Heroes' welcome for celebs after scaling the heights for charity

Fergus Black

HOT baths, warm clothes and not having to sleep in a tent.

Just some of the "luxuries" actress Jenny Kavanagh (22) is looking forward to after her 22-day challenge to the highest mountain in the world.

The former 'Fair City' star accompanied an intrepid group of celebrities and experienced mountaineer Pat Falvey on a trek to Mt Everest to raise funds for the Hope Foundation, which helps street children in India.

Yesterday, the exhausted but jubilant mountaineers returned home to a hero's welcome after enduring tough conditions on their climb to Everest base camp and their technically challenging ascent to the 6,000-metre 'Island Peak'.

Also on the challenge were RTE presenter Rob Ross, 98fm head of news Teena Gates, actor George McMahon and artist Philip Gray.

"This was no cake-walk," said Mr Falvey, who watched over the inexperienced group during the arduous climb. "But I believe it has changed their lives forever."

The group is well on its way to reaching its target of €100,000 for the Hope Foundation, having already raised €60,000.

Irish Independent

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