Heartbeat for Everest - raising much needed funds for the British Heart Foundation & Himalayan Trust UK

Heartbeat for Everest touches the hearts of Saint Edwards RC Primary School

What a fantastic day!

After liaising with Mr Moore the Head Teacher at Saint Edwards RC Primary School, Lees I was invited to give a motivating and educational talk about the Heartbeat for Everest cause… a morning that would be both emotional and inspirational.

This is the first of many talks I will be conducting over the coming months in the build up to the challenge of a lifetime, Everest Marathon 2016 and one thing is for sure, I will enjoy every minute of them!

Discussing how the concept of Heartbeat for Everest was born and how we are hoping to make a change by raising funds for the British Heart Foundation and Himalayan Trust UK was a moving experience, especially after discussing the raw emotions of witnessing one Everest’s worst tragedies unfold came flooding back.

However, I managed to keep everything in check and hopefully delivered an educational talk that showcased what it is like to step in the footsteps of legends (Hillary & Tenzing) and to share the wonderful and majestic setting of the Himalayas.


The talk focused on my journey from boyhood dreams at St Malachys Primary School and discovering new heroes, to Lakeland Fells, a 60th birthday surprise to remember and the trip of a lifetime to Everest Base Camp – 45 minutes cannot really do it justice but I managed to showcase a number of the highs along the way including;

  • Educating the children about the world’s highest mountain (5.5. miles high or x96 football pitches in height!)
  • The magnificent Sherpa people who contanctly make other peoples dreams become a reality
  • The work of the Sherpa people including a showcase of how heavy a load they have to carry max.25kg (not very heavy apparently!! Kids eh!)
  • 4 videos giving a flavour of the trip including witnessing the rescue mission unfold in front of our very eyes


A Q&A session was then held with some wonderful questions asked including; Is it hard to breathe? How far do the children have to walk to go to school? Are there any roads?

Following the talk there was a nice round of applause with the school also tweeting the following;

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All children have taken the sponsorship forms home helping to raise much needed funds for the British Heart Foundation and Himalayan Trust UK

I would also like to thank all the staff at Saint Edwards, especially the Head Teacher, Mr Moore for giving me the opportunity to spread the word about our fundraising efforts.



Steve Watts


If you would like to sponsor Heartbeat for Everest, and stand the chance to WIN an all-inclusive holiday to Tenerife head on over to our sponsor page here – virginmoneygiving.com/HeartbeatForEverest

Whether a school, business or local community group, if you would like me to attend to present the ‘Heartbeat for Everest’ cause please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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