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Flint couple travel to South America to train for Mount Everest hike

WHILE most Flintshire families will be relaxing this Christmas, one young couple will be training hard for a trip up Mount Everest.

Sarah Hart and Steve Rodgers, from Flint, have been training for months in preparation for the massive climb.

The pair have named their adventure The Patch Expedition, as they plan to take a flag with thousands of photos of people who have helped sponsor them as they raise money for UNICEF to help children in Nepal.

“While most people will be tucking into their turkey and singing Auld Lang Syne, we’ll be surviving on dehydrated food and water,” said Steve.

Having already scaled the UK’s highest peaks and Mont Blanc in the Alps, Sarah and Steve are now climbing the 23,000-ft Aconcagua in South America, the highest mountain in the southern and western hemispheres.

“We both absolutely love Christmas and all the celebrations, so it will be strange to be away from our family and friends this year,” said Sarah ahead of the couple’s departure earlier this month.

“However, climbing Everest requires serious training and dedication and we need to develop our experience of climbing at altitude. So there will be no Christmas dinner for us this year!”

The couple want to raise £100,000 for UNICEF to help their work with children in Nepal.

“More than half of all Nepalese children are severely underweight and 50,000 children die unnecessarily each year, primarily due to malnutrition,” said Steve.

“UNICEF has been working in Nepal for 40 years to improve the lives of the country’s children.”

If you would like to be one of the 50,000 faces that Sarah and Steve will fly from the summit of Mount Everest and help them raise £100,000 for UNICEF, log on to www.patchexpedition.com..