Charity challenge for Harrogate woman

Kathryn Haw on a previous jaunt
Kathryn Haw on a previous jaunt

An INTREPID Harrogate woman is set to scale the heights with her latest venture to raise funds for furniture re-use charity Essential Needs.

Kathryn Haw will be attempting to reach Everest Base Camp in mid-April with the hope of raising around £500 for the Harrogate-based charity that recycles furniture, household and electrical items, to people on low incomes or in receipt of income-based benefit.

Kathryn has already reached the summit of Kilimanjaro and cycled across the UK, raising over £4,000 so far for Essential Needs and she’s looking forward to her latest challenge.

She said: “This has been a year in the planning and will involve an eight-day trek to the famous Everest Base Camp.

“The trek should allow for acclimatisation and once there we will also walk to a point called Kala Patar, where we will be able to get a clear view of the summit, weather permitting!”

Essential Needs chief Martin Brassington said: “Kath’s efforts have been a massive help at a time when fundraising has become far more challenging and we wish her the very best of luck in this latest bold venture.”

In 2010, Essential Needs diverted almost 60,000kgs of furniture and white goods from landfill, involving 1,186 collections and 1,106 deliveries. They currently help almost 3,500 in the Harrogate area and are always on the look-out for volunteers to help out.

For more details, go to or contact Martin Brassington on 01423 870040.