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Jeanette Pickup

Climbing Everest Base Camp

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My story

[p]THE REASON WHY ...[/p][p]I started to have a stroke just after 21.45 on the evening of Monday 18th April 2016. The ambulance arrived on blue light at 21.55 after Warren and his Mum & Dad had recognised I was speaking incoherently and had collapsed. I had simply walked to my big bay window to close the curtains after making my guests a drink. (I am usually alone on a Monday evening!!) It was at this point I collapsed. I couldn’t speak properly or move. The next minute my Daughter was stood over me frantically trying to keep me awake. We were on our way to A&E at around 22.20 (which I can’t remember being in the ambulance for) There was a lot of activity with nurses and doctors everywhere etc then an MRI scan at 23.00 .... This revealed a clot in my brain. A ‘ clot busting drug' called Thrombolisation was administered .... Meanwhile the anaesthetist was preparing me for surgery in case the 'clot busting' drug was unsuccessful.[/p][p]After an anxious wait I started to show signs of improvement and gradually got feeling and movement back into my arm, leg and face which had previously been totally paralysed down all of my left side. [/p][p]Tuesday 19th April 2016[/p][p]Lots of checks, tests etc throughout the day and a CT scan on Tuesday night (24 hours after the MRI scan)[/p][p]Wednesday 20th April 2016[/p][p]Through some miracle I was now independently mobile and looking forward to going home on this day.[/p][p]There was very slight damage to my brain but not enough to affect me in any way (some may say I’d been brain damaged from birth - haha) I was severely fatigued and a four month stint off work followed. [/p][p]The consultant cardiologist sent me for proceeding tests throughout the following 3 months. This discovered a hole in my heart - A PFO (patent foreman ovale) I was born with this apparently - which has answered a lot to how I’ve been ‘wired up’ as a human since birth. Having constant migraines and fainting etc. Since the sealing of my hole in the heart I have not suffered any of the above. The surgery for this took place in January 2017.[/p][p]Now having been given the all clear and my fitness back to full swoop I want to give something back to the hospital / units that saved my life on that horrific night - Stroke Services & Accute Unit at Royal Stoke Hospital[/p][p]THE EVENT ... [/p][p]On 9th - 25th March 2019 I am going to be climbing to Everest Base Camp. This is set in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 metres. I will be trekking for 5-7 hours each day for 12 days. Staying in tea houses with little chance of showering and living amongst the Sherpa life for this duration is going to test my mental and physical strength beyond ANYTHING I have ever done before. [/p][p]WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER ...[/p][p]I am living proof of this and vow to continue to grow in strength. It has took me 2 full years to get my physical strength back and probably 5 years to fully regain my mental health and positivity due to also losing my Mum in 2013 (which was the hardest thing I have ever had to endure) She was definitely looking over me the night I had my stroke ...... [/p][p]MIRACLES DO HAPPEN ... [/p][p]I am here to tell the tale and to continue hiking (which is one of my biggest passions) I have done Mount Snowdon many times, Ben Nevis, Helvellyn, Scarfell Pike and Mount Toubkal in North Africa but to name a few! Please sponsor me and help me give back to our wonderful NHS emergency units who save lives every single day. I am privileged and blessed to be able to see another day and fortunate enough to have been with loved ones the night of my stroke , the alternative would have been fatal .[/p][p]***Please note that none of the money raised is going towards funding this trip, I am solely funding that myself***[/p]
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May 24, 2019

Michael Evans

Worth every penny!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 24, 2019

Eduardo Orozco


May 8, 2019


£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Apr 17, 2019

Lorraine Jones

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 12, 2019

Jayne Beasley Travel Counsellor

Well done Jeanette on your amazing achievement and thank you for the "Northface" fleeces

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 7, 2019

Karan, Jimmy and Charlotte.

Well done Jeanette. A massive achievement. Very proud of you. See you soon.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 5, 2019


I was given £10 from the member of the church congregation... so here's it.... Again many congratulations to you all.... from Caroline Appleby (Sam Cummings's aunt)


Apr 3, 2019


You were amazing Jen! So happy I got to share this achievement with you!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Mar 29, 2019

BuildingPoint Canada


Mar 26, 2019

Kathleen Craig

Well done.