Kirsty conquers Everest to raise hundreds for Cruse Bereavement Support

After a long trek to Everest Base Camp, and back, Kirsty Holmes – a Paraplanner at MT Financial Management – has managed to raise more than £1,600 for Cruse Bereavement Support.

Cheered on at home by her colleagues at the finance firm, which is part of accountancy firm Moore Thompson, friends and family, Kirsty completed the challenging climb over several days.

She faced a six to nine-hour hike each day, with temperatures dropping as low as -10c, as she reached an altitude of over 5,000 meters!

Kirsty decided to undertake the challenge in memory of her father, who died in 2010 aged 63. Struggling to come to terms with her loss, she turned to Cruse Bereavement Support following a recommendation from her doctor.

Through Cruse, she was put in contact with Hillary, who spoke to her once a week for around eight months to help her come to terms with her loss by sharing memories about her dad.

Given the help she received, Kirsty knew she wanted to give back and set about preparing for her Everest challenge.

Speaking after the completion of her Trek, Kirsty said: “It is difficult to put into words how important Cruse Bereavement Support has been in my life and I am so delighted to have raised so much money for this great cause.

“The trek was challenging but I was driven on by the support of my many supporters, both at work, home and across the local community.”

Kirsty received donations from far and wide in support of her challenge, including a large number of generous contributions from her colleagues.

Cruse offers support through its website, national helpline, live chat and one-to-one in-person support.

It wants to make sure everyone grieving gets the help they need in a way that works for them, which is why they have 4,000 specially trained volunteers.

Dawne Hart, Community Fundraising and Engagement Manager – Midlands and Eastern England at Cruse Bereavement Support, said: “We are delighted that Kirsty completed her Everest challenge, it couldn’t have been easy!  We are also thankful for her very generous donation to Cruse which will enable us to support more bereaved people when they need us most.  We really can’t thank Kirsty enough for helping so many others.”

To find out more about Kirsty’s charity challenge and to make a donation, please visit