Sky’s the limit for Gail and Roy

AN ARBROATH couple are combining the trip of a lifetime with the chance to raise money for two charities.

Roy and Gail Cooper, both of whom work for Angus Council, will be tackling the legendary trek to the Everest Base Camp in October.

There they will be faced with brutal terrain, altitudes of up to 5,545m and capricious weather over the 75 miles.

The pair initially planned the trip as a holiday, but in the end decided to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and young people’s language development charity Afasic Scotland.

Gail said: “We are going with an expedition and there’ll be 16 people in total on this trek, a mixture of Australians and Canadians.

“We’re fully funding the trek. We were originally going to do it as a holiday, but we thought ‘why not use the opportunity to raise money for charity’?

“We’re taking with us our mascot Alistair Macallister - a stuffed rabbit who’s about 18 inches tall. It sounds crazy, but he’s the family mascot and he’s been all over the world.”

The couple are seasoned trekkers and have been hard at work training for the challenge. Gail said: “To do this trek, you need a good level of fitness. In preparation for this momentous trek we have been busy training by walking the hills all around Scotland, tackling Snowdon and Scafell Pike and we are confident that we will be ready to meet the challenge which is only a few months away.”

The couple will be keeping everyone updated through their blog at cooperseverestexpedition.blogspot.co.uk, Facebook at facebook.com/cooperseverestexpedition and on Twitter @EverestBunny.

They hope that as many people as possible will support them in their trek by sponsoring them or donating to their chosen charities.

This can be done by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/account/teams/coops, and sponsor forms can be found in libraries, sport centres and shops around Angus.