Cycle challenge helps pay for trip to Himalayas for Bideford girl

ROSANNA Jury, aged 17, from Kingsley School, Bideford, was tired and sore, but delighted to complete the official 102-mile cycle route from Plymouth to Ilfracombe in a day. She chose the challenge as a fund-raiser to help pay for a scientific expedition

ROSANNA Jury, aged 17, from Kingsley School, Bideford, was tired and sore, but delighted to complete the official 102-mile cycle route from Plymouth to Ilfracombe in a day.

She chose the challenge as a fund-raiser to help pay for a scientific expedition to the Himalayas which she had been chosen to participate in this summer.

Rosanna will spend five weeks camping at high altitude in the mountains of Ladakh, part of the Tibetan plateau, with the British Schools Exploring Society (part of National Geographic) with 36 other young people from around Britain.

It is one of the most remote regions of the Himalayas and the BSES is hoping to carry out important research on the impact of high altitude on human physiology to see how different people use oxygen with the aim of helping the management of intensive care patients.


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Working in a very cold, isolated, demanding environment should be enough to put most people off but the BSES claims it will develop confidence, teamwork, leadership and a spirit of adventure and exploration among the young people involved.

Rosanna is bursting with enthusiasm for the adventure, although she admits to some nerves as the date gets closer. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity," she said. "I have found raising the funds for it hard in the present economic climate as I haven't liked to ask local businesses, but now the departure date is getting close, I really believe it is going to happen!"

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For everyone who makes a donation to her expedition funds, Rosanna is asking them to guess how long they think it took her to complete the 102-mile cycle (less breaks) with a prize of a large celebration hamper for the nearest guess. Ring (01237) 424066 if you would like to make a donation or guess.

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