Losing a sister aged just five is a tragedy no one should have to go through. Sadly, for Emma Morton, Office Manager at Sansaw Estate that was the reality when she was only three years old due to the life-limiting genetic condition Cystic Fibrosis. 

Cystic Fibrosis affects the lungs and digestive system, causing chronic infections and reduced lung function, with half of those with the condition not making it past 41. Emma said, having just turned 40, it’s why she’s choosing to make the trek to Everest Base Camp from the 14th November to 1st December this year.

“I believe there’s no better time to complete a lifelong ambition of mine to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, than having just turned 40, the age most sufferers will not reach.

“Trekking at altitude is also something that I believe is relevant to my cause, knowing that anything I endure on this journey will be nothing compared to the daily suffering of someone with this disease.” 

The trek to Everest Base Camp takes around 12 days, usually taking eight to get to Base Camp, and four days to descend. The trek is broken down overall into nine days of long trekking and three short trekking acclimatisation days.

Temperatures at night can drop as low as -30 degrees celsius, so the decision to make this journey isn’t one that is ever taken lightly. 

“Losing my sister when I was aged just three was truly heartbreaking,” Emma said. 

“We’ll never know what life would have been like with her but we think of her every day and know that she’s always looking down on us. 

“Over the years, I’ve seen medical research progress into treating the condition and towards the hope of finding a cure. I hope that raising money will contribute to the continuous efforts in supporting families and taking research to the next level.”

Emma is currently fundraising for her trek to Base Camp, with an aim to raise £3,800 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. For those looking to donate, Emma has set up a JustGiving page – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emzmorton

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is a UK-wide charity fighting for a life unlimited, when everyone living with CF can look forward to a long, healthy life. For more information on the charity, visit www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk.