Thursday, 23 September 2021

Librarian raises £1,000 with 14th charity trek

A WOMAN from Sonning Common has completed her 14th charity trek.

A WOMAN from Sonning Common has completed her 14th charity trek.

Rosemary Dunstan, 59, of Birch Close, took five days to walk 50 miles in the Himachal Pradesh region of India in the Himalayas.

She was part of a group of 15 walkers who reached 3,500m above sea level at the highest point.

Mrs Dunstan, who manages the village library, raised almost £1,000 for the Institute of Cancer Research.

She said: “At the end of the first day, when we were told that had been the easiest part of the trek, I was worried.

“We’d started off on a rough, undulating track and then descended steeply through dense pine forest for so long that my legs were shaking with the effort of not falling.

“I found the next three days easier, on the whole, because there was more up than down — and I can do up as long as I don’t have to go too fast. We walked through villages where we were able to buy ‘chai’ to drink, and to take photos of the happy, smiling children.

“We crossed more bridges, with no handrails, and passed shrines to various Hindu gods.

“On day four we climbed above the snowline and had a snowball fight.

“We met a man who spends at least six months of the year in a shack, selling snacks, souvenirs and emergency supplies to the trekkers who pass his door at regular intervals.”

On the last day they went to McLeod Ganj, where many Tibetans live.

Mrs Dunstan said: “We had a celebratory meal and were given medals to acknowledge our achievement.

“At the table next to us were four Tibetans, one of whom was an actor who had just returned from making a film about the plight of the Tibetan people in exile.”

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