Lisa Richardson has set herself a challenge to help farming people during the current pandemic: climbing Mount Everest in her own home.
Lisa said: “I’ve seen just how difficult it is to continue day to day when the world around you is falling apart. It was this realisation that drove me to do something to help those farmers who would need it the most.”
Originally, Lisa had planned to run the Liverpool marathon for charity. Since the event has been cancelled, she decided to try something else. She added: “I thought I’d take the challenge on of climbing the height of Everest with 10kg weight in a rucksack to raise money.”
Everest stands 8,850m above sea level and Lisa calculated she would have to climb the stairs in her home 4,424 times to cover the altitude. She plans to complete the challenge in five days.
A Lancashire farmer’s daughter, Lisa regularly helps out on her parents’ farm, where they rear sheep, cattle and hens. She also manages a community centre with her sister in Lancaster and works as a sports massage therapist.
She explained: “I treat many Farmers for injuries and aches and pains they pick up during day to day life. Particularly over the winter I listened to many of them speaking about how much hard work farming has been because of the storms and floods we had and how this would impact on their livelihoods. Most of them were more worried about how it would affect their animals and whether they could produce enough food for the country.
“No sooner had they “weathered” the storms, they had the obstacles that COVID-19 thrown at them.
“I’ve seen first-hand how much R.A.B.I can help farmers when they need it, the relief on their faces knowing that they have somebody supporting them and believing in what they do. The charity works tirelessly to support those who are quite often overlooked and taken for granted.”
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