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Women risk malaria on Himalaya trek for health charity

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:44 05 October 2010

TWO members of a hospital medical staff in East London are putting themselves at risk of dengue fever, malaria, altitude sickness and attacks by wild monkeys.

They are taking on the adventurous task of hiking in the Himalayas to raise money for the Wellbeing of Women charity.

TWO members of a hospital medical staff in East London are putting themselves at risk of dengue fever, malaria, altitude sickness and attacks by wild monkeys.

They are taking on the adventurous task of hiking in the Himalayas to raise money for the Wellbeing of Women charity.

Whipps Cross Hospital senior sister Shirley Bridge and health care support worker Paula Hurrell are undertaking a gruelling trek across mountains and rivers in India's Himachal Pradesh province.

The adventurous two are making the 'once in a lifetime' trek to raise money for medical research and to develop the roles of specialist doctors and nurses working in gynaecology and childbirth.

TOUGH

Shirley and Paula have so far raised nearly £5,400 of their £6,400 target through donations from people and companies in East London.

Next April's mountain trek requires tough physical training first.

Paula said: "Walking the corridor of Whipps Cross hospital every day can only help our training programme!"

Their online fundraising is for a charity close to their hearts as they have both had close friends and colleagues with gynaecology problems who were looked after by the charity.

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