Bridlington grandad triumphs in charity trek

Paul Dobson at Everest Base Camp.
Paul Dobson at Everest Base Camp.

A brave grandad has returned to Bridlington after climbing over 5,000 feet to base camp on Mount Everest for charity.

Paul Dobson, 54, of Partridge Close, spent a fortnight trekking through treacherous conditions in Nepal with a team of seven others and has raised over £9,000 for The Sick Children’s Trust.

“The trek I didn’t find too bad, it was more the breathing problems, but as for the views they were amazing, it was just awesome,” said Mr Dobson, who took the challenge on in honour of his grandson Harry.

He was inspired to raise money and complete the challenge after one-year-old Harry Douthwaite was diagnosed in March last year with Intussusception, a condition in which part of the intestine folds into another section of the intestine causing death if not treated immediately.

Following treatment Harry is now doing well.

During Harry’s illness he was treated at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI), 80-miles away from Bridlington.

The Sick Children’s Trust provided Harry’s family with a free place to stay in Leeds while he was undergoing treatment.

Mr Dobson said: “I think it is just brilliant how much we have raised. I’m chuffed to bits. It is just putting something back. We aimed to raised £4,000 but with everybody’s help from family, friends and Bridlington people we have raised a lot more.”

His climbed a staggering 5,640 metres while battling altitude sickness, after leaving home on November 22. He said it is a possibility he will take on another charity challenge in the future.

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