Expat in Marbella to take on Everest for charity

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PEAK PRACTICE: Hessia Fernandes at the summit of Kilimanjaro ©Hessia Fernandes/Facebook

A RESIDENT in Marbella will climb Mount Everest up to base camp to raise funds for a children’s charity.

Hessia Fernandes is preparing a solitary expedition with the aim of generating enough donations to acquire a mini-bus for the Nena Paine association.

Last year the Frenchwoman and mother of two conquered Kilimanjaro in memory of her brother, who committed suicide, and for the Samaritans charity.

Currently a consultant director of Oracle Communications, the 46-year-old has lived in San Pedro for 15 years with her husband and twin sons.

Not a professional climber, Hessia trained for six months prior to Kilimanjaro, embracing yoga and climbing Marbella’s La Concha mountain every Saturday and Sunday, with a 10 kilo bag for the final month.

She suffered from altitude sickness on the ascent, crying and vomiting, but says it was all worth it for the “fabulous sensation” at the summit.

Hessia Fernandes will be taking on Everest in October, to raise money for Nena Paine, which helps underprivileged children around the province.

All of her achievements are self-funded and every penny goes to charity. Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hessia-fernandes

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