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78-year-old’s Himalayan climb to raise funds for Holy Trinity Church

David Jeffrey

David Jeffrey

A local 78-year-old is preparing to take on a 131 mile trek up a section of the Himalayas to raise money for Holy Trinity Church. 

David Jeffery from Nunney will fly to Nepal this month, to begin the estimated 5,541m ascent up the Annapurna section, which is expected to take 18 days and cover 131 miles.

He is taking on the extreme challenge as he hopes to help Holy Trinity Church on the final leg of their  fundraising challenge called ‘Transforming Trinity’ that has lasted years and requires £530,000 to be raised as part of a major overhaul of the church. So far around 80% of the target has been raised.

David is no stranger to climbing mountains or taking on physically demanding challenges as he has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and to Mt Everest Base Camp in recent years, also to raise money for the Transforming Trinity project.

He said, “I have been fortunate to have enjoyed good health and fitness over so many years, as well to have had the opportunity to travel widely for work and pleasure. This trek is a last opportunity to show my appreciation of the influence on our lives from our membership  of Holy Trinity Church over the last 25 years.

“My wife and children were not too keen on the upcoming climb up Annapurna but I won that debate and I am looking forward to the challenge. However it will definitely be my final climb, as everything gets tougher with each passing year. I will be in a party of 12 that attempts the climb and I am expecting to be twice the age of the next oldest, so I have to keep myself in great shape to take part.

“Nothing can prepare you for the effects of altitude and how your body will adapt, so training for the climb is difficult. I have been going for 10 mile plus walks around Nunney and Frome lasting four or five hours to get used to moving for long periods, although things will be much slower on the climb with each mile taking about an hour.

“In some ways this climb is more difficult than Kilimanjaro or Mt Everest Base Camp as it takes much longer and covers a far greater distance, although the height of the three climbs is fairly similar.

“I am very grateful to everybody that has supported me on my trek this time and previously. It is for a fantastic cause and I hope to raise as much as possible.”

To donate to David for his trek, money can be sent to Trinity Church with a note that it is for the Annapurna challenge. Alternatively visit