Two nurses who work for the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust are climbing Ben Nevis to raise money for those who have suffered domestic and sexual abuse
Lucy Baker and Laura Salter worked through the pandemic as NHS frontline workers making sure people who needed mental health support got the correct help.
They are raising money for the Sue Lambert trust, a Norfolk-based charity which helps men and women who have experienced sexual abuse and domestic violence.
The pair will be climbing the Scottish mountain next Tuesday, August 9.
Lucy and Laura both walk to unwind from their jobs and have already scaled Mount Snowdon in Wales.
Laura said: “The nature of our job can be very hard going, and during the pandemic it was particularly relentless; walking in the countryside was our way to unwind.
“Climbing Snowden last year gave us such a sense of achievement, so we decided to do Ben Nevis next and raise money for Sue Lambert Trust.
“Through our work, we’ve both witnessed what the Trust does for people, helping survivors of sexual abuse to manage and move on from their personal trauma.
“People can self-refer themselves and decide when they feel ready to speak out and start therapy, which is incredibly empowering and important.”
Ben Nevis is 4,413ft high and will take Lucy and Laura around 10 hours to climb.
Lucy said: “No doubt this climb is going to be tough, but so are we. We are a great team and have supported each other through difficult times. The motivation will be knowing that we are raising money for such a fantastic cause, and we can’t wait for those views at the top.”
Clive Evans, chief executive of the Sue Lambert Trust, said: “Every day, we are contacted by new people, reaching out for our free therapy, but, as a charity, our resources only stretch so far.
We want to be there for everyone who needs us as soon as we can and so we’re incredibly thankful to Lucy and Laura for supporting our charity.”