Doctor’s high-octane charity trek raises £5,000 for hospice

Dr Newell in Nepal
Dr Newell in Nepal

A CASH-STRAPPED St Leonards charity has received a £5,000 boost thanks to a doctor’s adventurous trek in the Himalayas.

Dr Nick Newell, 51, spent two weeks in Nepal in a bid to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice, based in Upper Maze Hill, and his friends, family and patients rallied round to help him collect £5,385.

“I had done some training up and down Fairlight Glen and on the South Downs, and I had done two treks before so I had an understanding of what to expect,” he said.

“But there are issues with altitude sickness, with the cold and at that height your taste goes. But the scenery is unbelievable with huge mountains everywhere and we only had one day of snow.”

Dr Newell - who works in a practice in Sidley - is well aware of the good work done by the hospice, and he said: “I want to thank everyone who sponsored me, particularly the patients, and Highwoods Golf Club where we held a very successful golf day.”