A globe-trotting fundraiser is set to embark on her biggest challenge yet by tackling the infamous Mount Everest.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) fundraiser, Irene Robinson, will begin her ascent to Mount Everest base camp on the 1st February.

While trekking, Ms Robinson is expected to face temperatures of -14 degrees and will also have to contend with the high altitude on Everest.

Dorset based Irene will once again be raising money for the RNRMC - the national Charity of the Royal Navy.

No stranger to a challenge, in 2016 Irene travelled over 50,000 miles; visiting the 7 continents while playing her bagpipes and raising an incredible £10,000 for the RNRMC in the process.

The trek to Everest base camp will take Irene and her team seven days to climb the 5,364 metres ascent. She is expected to return to Lukla on the 12th and take a flight onward to Kathmandu.

Speaking about the challenge ahead and her decision to scale Mount Everest, Ms Robinson said:

“I decided to choose Mount Everest because in my mind I have already been around the world so there was only one way to go which was up! Mount Everest is literally located at the top of the world so I am aiming to go as high as I can and if I make it to Base Camp I will be ecstatic.”

Having conquered the Antarctic two years, Irene is confident that she will be able to acclimatise to the altitude on Everest. Considering the challenges ahead, she said:

“There are similarities with both challenges as both have required mental and physical stamina, but at this stage, the physical effort is at times overwhelming. I am trying to prepare myself by training and eating well.

She continued:

“All I know is that I do have the guts and determination to push on through when the going gets tough.”

Recently recognised at an RNRMC Supporters’ Reception, Irene has been an exceptional representative for the charity and has been wholly committed to helping support the naval family through adventurous fundraising. 

Discussing what fundraising for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity means to her, Irene said:

“It means the world to me to do this for the RNRMC.  I have continually been inspired by the stories I hear and the people that I have met through the charity.

Continuing, she explained:

“I was particularly moved by meeting HRH Princess Anne recently and to hear her speak of what has been achieved in only ten years since the RNRMC was formed. My incentive for this challenge is to raise an RNRMC flag at Everest Base Camp.”

The RNRMC have been the national charity of the Royal Navy for over ten years. In that time, enthusiastic fundraisers like Irene Robinson have helped to contribute to the £51 million that the charity has distributed to sailors, marines, veterans and their families.

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