Mandi’s mountain challenge in Himalayas

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 October 2017

Mandi hill-walking.

Mandi hill-walking.

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A supermarket manager and mother-of-two from Worle is hitting the heady heights of the Himalayas during a gruelling 15-day charity trek which began on Saturday.

Mandi Bloska, aged 47, who manages the checkout at Tesco in Burnham, is raising funds for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation as part of the supermarket chain’s national charity partnerships scheme.

Mandi, who lives on The Lawns, off Becket Road, signed up for the Nepal trek a year ago and needs to contribute a minimum of £3,700 towards the trip, which is being led by a company called 360 Expeditions.

So far she has managed to raise just over £2,000 and was still desperately trying to encourage more sponsors to come forward before leaving last weekend.

She told the Mercury: “I have fundraised all year in a variety of ways, such as sponsored walks, for example from Weston’s main Tesco to the Burnham store, car boot sales, tombolas, book sales, fun days and sponsorships from colleagues, friends and family.

“In between these I have been training hard, walking and cycling, despite suffering extensor tendinitis in my foot in August which I was determined would not set me back.

“I have also had an operation on my thumb after severing the nerves washing up a table knife on Valentine’s Day.”

Mandi started her adventure in Kathmandu by walking through the Himalayas to Annapurna, Mount Everest’s base camp in Nepal, which is 4,130 metres above sea level.

Before leaving she said: “I am full of nervous anticipation, excitement and a whole bundle of other emotions.

“It is a massive challenge in so many ways, not least of all the -15 degree temperatures, but I am looking forward to finally achieving this incredible feat after a year of preparation.

“I would like to thank my family, friends and colleagues for the support I’ve received, especially my partner Richard who has been my rock, and of course my beautiful girls, Freya and Olivia.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Mandi can donate by logging on to her Just Giving page or alternatrively donate text message, by sending the reference AFOR99 and the amount to 70070.

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