Anneka Rae will be departing the Manx shores on Thursday (4th November) to take part in an 11-day trek through the foothills of Nepal’s Annapurna mountain range to raise money for Help for Heroes, a charity that supports the rehabilitation of injured troops.
As part of team of 37 volunteers from across the British Isles, Anneka will travel to Kathmandu from where they will set out to the base camp at Pokhara. The group, assisted by a group of Sherpers, will climb 2,800m to Tara Top with its incredible views of the Annapurna mountain range.
Anneka said, “With my family connections to the Armed Forces (her father Jim spent 25 years in the Army) I wanted to do something to help those returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan with physically and or mental injuries. Preparing to trek through Nepal has helped me raise awareness of the charity here on the Isle of Man as well as raising thousands of pounds that will go directly to Help for Heroes.”
Anneka has worked in the accounts department at Continent 8 Technologies Headquarters and Data Centre here on the Isle of Man for the last two years.
Paul Watterson, Director of Finance of Continent 8, said, “Being able to support Anneka doing such a physically challenging trek in aid of our injured forces is something we were only too happy to be involved in. Through our sponsorship Anneka was able to secure her place on the trek and dedicate her efforts to training and fund raising. We wish her all the best of luck during her challenge”
To date the group has raised in excess of £70,000 for Help for Heroes.
As well as the sponsorship from Continent 8 Technologies, Anneka would also like to thank the other companies, organisations and the public who have helped with fundraising.