Leeds teenager bids to follow in family footsteps and reach Himalayas

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A teenager from Leeds is hoping to follow in her family’s footsteps after being selected for an expedition to one of the most remote places on Earth.

Katherine Hopkinson, 17, will be joining a 30-strong group of youngsters from across the UK on a British Exploring Society expedition to the Indian Himalayas.

In 1983 her father Jim went with the same organisation to Greenland - and two years ago, sister Ellie, now 19, went to Arctic Finnmark in the extreme north of Norway with the group.

On the five-week expedition, planned to start in July 2017, Katherine will be part of a group of 16 to 20-year-olds who will climb to altitudes of 20,000 feet, trek across glaciers and cope with temperatures that can drop as low as -25C, while studying climate change.

Katherine, the only participant from Leeds, said: “Dad has often talked about the amazing experience he had and how it shaped his life.

“I have also seen the difference it made for Ellie.

“I’m hoping to go to one of the most remote areas of the Earth, but the biggest challenge will be raising the money to get there.”

Katherine, a sixth form student at St Aidan’s High School in Harrogate, needs to raise £5,000 to make the trip possible.

In her quest to do so, she will be writing to local businesses and will also being doing cake and card sales.

She hopes to be sponsored to undertake the national Three Peaks challenge and later in the year hopes to be sponsored to spend time in an industrial freezer.

She added: “Fundraising will be a balancing act while studying for my A-levels.

“But I am trying to get as much done as possible before my mock exam in January and have already held cake sales and am planning a number of fundraising events.”

To donate to Katherine’s cause, visit her crowd-funding page at bit.ly/2d5Kekd.

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