January 2016

Hayley Gaj who was a housemistress & PE teacher at St Swithun’s School set herself the challenge of climbing to the Base Camp of Everest unaided in January 2016. She initially planned to reach Base Camp on Allegra’s birthday but was hampered by bad weather. She took with her some Pink Prayer flags that had been signed by many of Allegras friends & family. She posted some amazing photos of her journey on which she was accompanied by Philemon, one of Allegras favourite teddies – he had quite an adventure. Having reached Base Camp, Hayley went on to summit Kala Pattar at 5,545m. Philemon tied a single pink shoelace to the prayer flags on the summit. En-route they stopped at the graves of Scott Fischer and other souls who have lost their lives on the mountain. Hayley’s climb was entirely self-funded and in addition she raised £1,951 for Allegra’s Ambition.

In addition, Hayley took with her some donations from girls at St Swithun’s & from Allegra’s Ambition of hats, gloves, blankets, sports equipment, water purifying tablets, candles & work gloves to distribute to some of the victims of the Nepal earthquake last year.