Originally Jools Brennan​ from Oswestry was planning to raise funds for his trip to Nepal next year, donating a proportion of the funds raised to to The Gurkha Welfare Trust. However, he has now chosen to donate all the money he raises to this amazing charity. Jools has received wonderful support from the charity in promoting this epic challenge and he has developed a deep respect for these humble people.

Jools said: “During Summer 2021, when I will be in my last year of sixth form, I will be taking part in Global Action’s Nepal Annapurna Program.

Nepal is incredibly diverse, from the World Heritage palaces of Kathmandu to the world-famous Annapurna National Park. Whilst in Nepal I will be involved in a poverty reduction project, working with charities and families to build schools, clean water and sanitation systems which will reduce illness and disease and increase school attendance.

I will also visit the UK Gurkha Welfare Trust and will be making a financial contribution to the trust which supports retired Gurkhas, provides medical camps, disaster relief and healthcare to Gurkha pensioners and supports Gurkha veterans in residential homes.

My aim is to raise at least £800 for The Gurkha Welfare Trust. To do this I will cycle the equivalent height of the 8 mountains in Nepal above 8000 meters, over an 8 month period.”

Jools started with Mount Everest, completing this on 9th June 2020, followed by Kanchenjunga which he completed on 13th July 2020. Having replaced inner tubes several times and had a new tyre he has now almost completed his 3rd peak Lhotse.

Pictured: Jools with his trusty bike and sporting his Gurkha Welfare Trust t-shirt .