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Hypothermia didn’t stop Grantham charity climber Alex

Alex Bunting, second left, with fellow Ben Nevis trekkers Melanie Lowing, Charlotte Haworth, Hollie Pickford and their instructors.

Alex Bunting, second left, with fellow Ben Nevis trekkers Melanie Lowing, Charlotte Haworth, Hollie Pickford and their instructors.

During a climb of Britain’s highest mountain, a 20-year-old battled through atrocious weather and hypothermia in order to raise more than £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Alex Bunting is a familiar face to many through her job on the front desk of Harrowby Lane doctor’s surgery, but between August 15 and 18 she was to be found instead scaling the Scottish peak.

Despite encountering weather conditions she succeeded in reaching the summit thanks to the support of fellow charity trekkers and climbing instructors.

Alex said: “There was laughter, tears, anger, every emotion you can think of. I sometimes thought I wasn’t going to make it to the top but everyone motivated me to keep going.

“It was -5 on the top of Ben Nevis and I got hypothermia due to being so cold and drenched through. I’m proud to say I still managed to finish it. The pain I went through was only the smallest percentage of what those with cancer go through.”

It is Alex’s job within the health sector that has made her particularly aware of the help given by Macmillan cancer support, and she is delighted to have raised £1,060 for the cause so far.

“Macmillan cancer support do an amazing thing – they help those at the last stages of their lives and they help the family come to terms with what has happened.

“Working in the NHS I see this quite a lot and everyone I’ve spoken to have said how amazing Macmillan are. I just wanted to help and support them as much as I could,” she added.

Alex also thanked friends, family, colleagues and patients for their encouragement and donations.

Others wishing to donate can do so until tomorrow (Saturday) via Alex’s JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/Lali-Bunting/

 

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