She’s never camped, never even slept in a sleeping bag, yet GN Law solicitor Karen Shakespeare has swapped her tailored suit for hiking gear as she treks to Everest Base Camp.
On 5th October, Karen embarks on the world’s most iconic mountain trek through the Himalayas. Taking nine days to reach Base Camp, Karen will walk up to six hours each day, ultimately reaching a height of nearly 18,000 feet.
As a specialist in trusts for people with physical and mental health issues, Karen hopes her challenge will help to raise awareness of mental illness in young people. Sponsorship will support The Lowdown, a youth counselling service for 12-25 year olds in Karen’s home town of Northampton.
Around 50% of mental illnesses begin before the age of 14, and Karen is keen to highlight that mental health is not simply an adult problem. “I deal with some very difficult cases involving those with mental health issues. The earlier people receive help and support, the easier it is to prevent or minimise later problems.”
Dawn Wright, Fundraising & Marketing Manager of The Lowdown, said “Last year, The Lowdown supported an average of three suicidal young people each month; some as young as 11. It’s essential young people with mental health concerns know they are not alone, and that they have easy access to the help they need. We are delighted Karen is attempting such an awe inspiring challenge to raise funds for our vital counselling and information services.”
Karen, 42, was initially daunted by the Everest trek, but is now excited to be tackling something so physically and mentally challenging. “I’ve never attempted anything like this before. I have no experience of camping and am a bit disturbed to note that I won’t be able to shower until day 11!”
Donations for The Lowdown can be made on Karen’s fundraising page https://www.justgiving.com/Karen-Shakespeare/
Posted on Monday, 5th October 2015