Hayley takes on Everest Base Camp

Hayley posing and smiling on a rope bridge, with colourful flags and trees in the background.

In 2014, Hayley Kennedy ran the Brighton marathon for Moorfields Eye Charity. In 2016, she climbed Kilimanjaro. This year, she took her fundraising to the next level.

Hayley celebrating at everest base camp, in front of a pile of rocks covered in colourful flagsIn April and May, Hayley trekked to Everest Base Camp - a mammoth 12 days of walking through the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. Each day had its own challenges, whether that was the altitude, the distance or the rain! But with fabulous guides, great fellow travellers and the odd sunset over the mountains, each day was also a magical experience. 

Hayley suffers from Stargardts disesase, and actually decided it was time to register herself as visually impaired just a few weeks before the trek following a check-up at Moorfields Eye Hospital. She received the phone call confirming her registration on the day she flew out to Nepal, and so her first act as an officially visually impaired person was to take on Mount Everest. We think that's pretty inspiring.

In the process, she raised nearly £4,800 for Moorfields Eye Charity - an absolultely fantastic total that will help us invest in world-class eye research, education and care at Moorfields to improve the lives of people with sight loss. We think that's pretty inspiring too. Hayley - you are a superstar!

If trekking for Moorfields sounds like thing, then keep your eyes peeled - next year we'll be introducing our new challenge fundraising events, and there's rumours that might feature a trek for Moorfields Eye Charity...  Keep an eye on our fundraising pages for more details, or sign up to our events newsletter!

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