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Climber's good luck charm

PUBLISHED: 18:07 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:47 25 August 2010

BIG HEARTED: Dad Richard Start raised more than £4,500 during his sponsored trek to the advanced base camp of Everest.

BIG HEARTED: Dad Richard Start raised more than £4,500 during his sponsored trek to the advanced base camp of Everest.

A FATHER who trekked to Everest for charity carried his daughter s good luck card with him all the way.

A FATHER who trekked to Everest for charity carried his daughter's good luck card with him all the way.

Richard Start, 36, of Adelaide Road, Chislehurst, raised more than £4,500 in sponsorship after his 17-day trek.

It began in Lukla, Nepal to the Advanced Base Camp of Everest and then on to the Combo Ice Falls and the peak of Kalar Patar, 18,700ft above sea level.

The money raised will go to Harris HospisCare, whose staff care for terminally ill people in their own home free of charge.

Mr Start said: "It is by far my biggest achievement to date, other than my beautiful daughter whose good luck card I carried with me at all times.

"It took 10 days to reach Advanced Base Camp and the Combo Ice Fall and the sense of achievement was overwhelming.

"Having never undertaken anything like this before I am delighted to have completed the trip and that I didn't let any of my generous friends down who sponsored me. It was certainly great to get back in the Ramblers Rest in Mill Place, Chislehurst and have a celebratory drink with them.

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