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Last updated: Sat 25 Oct 2014

Nunney man in Himalayan challenge

78-year old Nunney resident David Jeffery is hoping to climb part of the Himalayas later this month in a fundraising effort.

David Jeffery with his grandsons

David Jeffrey with his grandsons on Mount Kilimanjaro

Mr Jeffery is no stranger to mountain climbing, having made it to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on his fourth attempt.

Jeffery tried to climb the highest mountain in Africa twice when he was a young man undertaking National Service in Kenya, once in 1955, and again in the 1960s.

After failing twice, he tried again in 2010 only to be caught 300 metres from the summit with severe altitude sickness and told to go back down.

In July 2012 his grandsons, 21-year-old Sam Woodman and his 16-year-old brother Joe, helped him finally reach the top after an eight-day trek.

The High Street resident has also reached Mount Everest Base Camp last year. Now David Jeffery is hoping to raise funds for the renovation of Holy Trinity Church in Frome.

Holy Trinity Church, Frome, was built in 1838, to be the church for the workers in the local mills. The adjoining former school was renovated in 2004, and is now used extensively for community meetings & functions, as well as by the church. The church building itself however has not kept up, and is in urgent need of renewal in order to meet the needs of people in the twenty-first century.

David Jeffery flew to Nepal this week to trek up part of the Annapurna range. Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain in the world. It was recently in the news when ten climbers were killed on the same route Mr Jeffery will be using.

Describing the attempt as “very likely really be a final fling”, he will not be accompanied on this escapade by his personal “help the aged team” – his grandsons.

Annapurna range

David Jeffery will ascend part of the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal.

David Jeffery will be far and away the oldest participant in a group of 12 climbers. The 5,541m ascent is expected to take 18 days and cover 131 miles.

Donations in support of David Jeffery’s climb can be made at www.bmycharity.com/DavidJeffery.

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