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Stirling students help raise £80,000 for charity with Nepal expedition

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Five Stirling students help raise £80k for charity   Credit: Scott Gregory

Five Stirling students were part of a 32-strong team over the summer which raised nearly £80,000 for an international children’s charity by going on an expedition to Nepal.

Lucy Crawford, Rose Richmond, David McKay, Richard Palmer and Bex McVey set off on their adventure on August 15 as part of a volunteer team for Childreach International.

The charity works to improve children’s rights as well as their access to education, healthcare and protection around the world.

It was also heavily involved in the humanitarian effort in Nepal following the earthquake in April 2015 that claimed nearly 9000 lives.

The Stirling cohort joined 27 students from four other universities for the expedition, which saw the volunteers visit a Childreach in Kathmandu, fly from Lukla airport – reputed to be the most dangerous airport in the world – before embarking on an eight-day, 18,000-feet trek through the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp.

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Credit: Stirling University Childreach Society

The expedition team raised a total of £79,575.16 for the charity, the majority of which was raised through sponsorship for the trip.

The five Stirling students also carried out can collections in the area prior to jetting off and also collected in pubs and clubs in the city.

Stirling University’s dedicated Childreach Society is next planning to go to Kilimanjaro in 2017.

The society is holding an information session on Thursday September 29 (tomorrow) in Cottrell B4, starting at 6.30pm.

Anyone interesting in learning more about the society, charity and planned Kilimanjaro trip are encouraged to attend.

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