A team who will be scaling Everest next May have decided to continue with their mission despite the devastating earthquake in Nepal.More than 200 climbers had to be evacuated from Mount Everest and at least 18 people killed by avalanches when the 7.8-magnitude quake struck the Himalayas on Saturday. With the countrys death toll now standing at more than 4,000, Everest Ascent team leader Jason Ashton, from Bideford, said the group had decided not to put off their climb. Jason, along with Dan Coleman, Stuart Wheaton, Beth Vickery and Lorna Smith, have raised £200,000 of their £400,000 target for Childrens Hospice South West. Jason said it was a difficult decision and he had given the other members of the team time to consider it. He said: I have spoken to a sherpa since the quake and he told me all of his party were okay and had made it back to the base camp. As a team weve decided to take a picture of every British climber killed in the earthquake with us to the summit and leave them there. Well be wearing a black armband during the whole climb as well. Jason said training had been ramping up for the adventure, with the team hitting the gym three times a week and climbs planned next month at Snowdon and Ben Nevis.To donate visit: www.virginmoneygiving.com\/team\/everestchsw. Donate to the Nepal earthquake via the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal at: www.dec.org.uk.