Loughborough man trekking to the World’s highest mountain for Rainbows

A Loughborough businessman is taking on one of the world’s toughest treks to raise money for Rainbows.

Next month, IT consultant Sean Brewin will scale 17,598ft to Everest Base Camp.

Sean decided to take on the challenge to mark turning 50 in March of this year and raise money for our charity in the process. Doing it for us is very poignant for Sean as his mum, Teresa, who died in 2018, was a big supporter of the charity.

“I’ve always been intrigued by Mount Everest and going to Base Camp is something I’ve always had a fascination with,” said Sean. “I don’t want to look back when I am older and think, I wish I’d done that.

“I know that every step I’m taking will be helping the work that Rainbows continues to do in supporting babies, children, and young people.

“In November 2018 my mum sadly passed away. Rainbows was a charity that meant so much to her and she regularly supported them, something that I have continued to do in her memory and that’s why I’ve chosen this charity. The trek will not only be to support the work of Rainbows and to celebrate my birthday, but also in memory of my mum.”

Sean’s journey will begin on October 4 in Kathmandu and will take nine days of hard trekking and acclimatising to reach Base Camp. He will then embark on a five day descent.

He added: “I have visited Rainbows, and it is an incredible place so anything I can do to raise awareness, I will. The facilities they have and the care they offer is amazing and I learnt so much more about it than it just being a ‘hospice’. It’s place to smile, have fun and to make memories to treasure forever.

“To say this challenge is taking me out of my comfort zone is a bit of an understatement! That being said I’ve been training since February and had second to none support from the Sports Services Team at Loughborough University and I’m really looking forward to going. None of this would be happening though if I didn’t have the loving, unwavering support of my partner of 25 years, Clare.

“I hope to have some great memories and stories to share about the trek. What’s even more important is knowing that anything I raise will help Rainbows to ensure they continue to support families and help them create memories to treasure.”

Gary Farnfield, Rainbows Community Fundraiser, said: “We can’t thank Sean enough for what he is doing for us. This is a wonderful thing to do, not only for Rainbows but to also honour the memory of his mum.

“We rely on our supporters at Rainbows to enable us to provide care to hundreds of babies, children and young people and we hope people will support Sean with this incredible challenge.”