Porthcawl RNLI volunteer Amy Bridge and her husband, Bleddyn recently returned to Porthcawl after an epic adventure to Everest Base Camp.

Amy said, ‘this was the toughest but best adventure. We totally fell in love with the Himalayas along the way.

‘As well as Everest Base Camp (5,364m), we also successfully ascended Gokyo Ri (5,360m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), and Kala Pattar (5,545m). I’m feeling so chuffed, especially since we had a lot of snow along the way and -17°C temperatures!

‘Our challenge began with a hair-raising domestic flight from Kathmandhu to Lukla airport, which is statistically the world’s highest, steepest and most dangerous airport. Along the way we travelled over suspension bridges spanning chasms of thin air, through hidden Buddhist monasteries and into the heart of the warm, rugged Sherpa culture.’

With last-minute nerves kicking in before the couple left, they decided a fundraiser for Porthcawl RNLI would help give them some extra motivation.

Amy joined Porthcawl RNLI in September 2022 and is currently nearing completion of her shore crew training. Since returning from Everest, Bleddyn is now following suit in joining to become a volunteer tractor driver.

To donate to their fundraiser: https://www.justgiving.com/page/porthcawl-rnli-amy-and-bleddyn