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Otley climber’s fundraising challenge
A former Otley man who was given a second chance at life after surviving a serious brain illness as a 13-year-old is travelling to the Himalayas to raise money for disadvantaged children in Nepal.
Justin Smallshaw, a former Prince Henry’s pupil, suffered from suspected meningitis as a young teenager and since recovering has always felt he wanted to help others in need.
Now the 30-year-old, who moved to Australia in 2006, is aiming to do just that by raising money for The Khagandra New Life School for disadvantaged children in Kathmandu.
The mountain climber will raise the money by returning to the Himalayas in November to climb Tharpu Chuli, a 5,663m peak in the Annapurna region, in preparation for a 2014 expedition to summit Ama Dablam.
Justin, who has two children – Torrez, three, and four-year-old Myah, with his Australian wife Olivia, is being supported by his family back in Otley, including his parents Trevor and Michele, brother Kristian and twin sisters Bethan and Cerian, former Otley carnival queens.