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Burntwood nursery business workers complete Everest base camp charity challenge

Two workers from a Burntwood-based nursery business have raised more than £9,000 for charity by completing a climb to Mount Everest Base Camp.

Karen Mackay and Yvonne Smillie
Karen Mackay and Yvonne Smillie

Head of external affairs at Busy Bees, Karen Mackay, and deputy chief academic officer, Yvonne Smillie, took on the challenge in aid of Child Bereavement UK.

The reached their target after an eight day climb to 5,380 metres.

Karen said: “Reaching base camp was such a feeling of elation tinged with exhaustion.

“I am so grateful to the sherpas – we could not have completed the trek without their unstinting care and support.

“I am incredibly thankful for all the kind donations we’ve received and for all the lovely messages from our supporters.”

Yvonne added: “We were ecstatic to reach base camp after such a build up to the trek and the fact it’s for such a worthy cause makes it even more of an accomplishment.

“The views throughout the entire experience were awe inspiring and made the challenging conditions worthwhile.

“Thank you so much to everyone who generously donated and for the wonderful messages of encouragement throughout.”

People can still donate to their online fundraising page at

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