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Publican Plans to Show True Colours at Everest Base Camp

  • Date: 15/09/2011
  • Category: General

A Cathedral Quarter publican is making final preparations for his  ‘challenge of a lifetime’ – to trek across the Himalayas to the Everest base camp – and the first thing he plans to pack is his beloved Rams flag.

Jim Harris, landlord of Ye Olde Dolphin Inn – Derby’s oldest public house – in Queen Street, has already raised more than £5,400 for the Children with Cancer charity and hopes that the total will be far more by the time he heads off on the group expedition on September 30.

He will arrive at Kathmandu and then travel onto Lukla where he will land at the renowned mountainside airport and set off with a group of other fund raisers on the 17-day expedition to the Everest base camp.

Jim (46) said: “The first picture I want to have taken is holding up my Derby County flag as I have been a life-long fan and no doubt the look of relief and achievement on my fact in that picture will say it all!

“I am extremely grateful to everyone who has sponsored me so far and money is still coming in.  We have organised a wide range of events at the pub which have been very well supported including charity ghost walks with Richard Felix, history talks by Maxwell Craven and Derek Palmer and even magic shows and a fire walk which was a huge success and have had so much support from customers, friends and family, fellow Cathedral Quarter businesses, suppliers and local brewers.

“Training has not been too arduous for the expedition as I keep myself pretty fit – going to the gym four or five times a week – to I am confident that I can cope with being on the go for up to 10 hours a day.

“However it is the effects of altitude that I am most concerned about as we will be trekking through very difficult terrain rising to about 5,400 metres above sea level so it’s not for the faint hearted.

“This is definitely a challenge of a lifetime but I was determined to do something special to raise money for the Children with Cancer charity although this is certainly an extreme way of supporting such a worthwhile charity.”

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