3,000 ft trek for Christmas treats

FESTIVE spirit has arrived early at one Loughton nursing home, as a dedicated worker gears up for a mountain trek to raise cash for presents.

Carol Halliday, of Beechlands Nursing Home, Alderton Hill, plans to head out on her fundraising trip to the summit of Snowdon in north Wales next week.

The rambler decided she might as well combine her ambition to conquer the mountain with a fundraiser for the care home.

The cash will go towards buying Christmas presents for the residents, as well as other events and treats that are organised throughout the year.

Carol, of Willingdale Road, Loughton, said: “It’s money that is always needed and the entertainment and presents are always really enjoyed by the residents.

“I like walking and often go on long walks with my dog – although I have never climbed a mountain before – so it seemed like something I could do to do my bit.

“I’ll be taking my dog along with me for company, although if she decides on the day that she’s not up to it, then I expect it will just be me.”

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Colleagues at the 28-bed nursing home have been rallying round to support 44-year-old Carol and residents’ families have also dug deep to ensure her efforts go rewarded.

So far, the carer has raised more than �200 for the Christmas presents and treats fund.

At 3,560ft high at its peak, Carol admitted she was a little daunted by the prospect of a walk up the towering Welsh mountain.

“I’m looking forward to it though, and think I will have a lot of fun,” she added.

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