Youngest woman to climb both sides of Everest smashes fundraising target

Everest record breaker mollie hughes

Kae Tinto Murray (Cancer Research UK Ambassador), Mollie, and Rowan Main (Cancer Research local fundraising manager) - photo by Mike Wilkinson

​Mollie Hughes has beaten her fundraising target to donate over £13,500 to Cancer Research UK after scaling both sides of Mount Everest

23rd August 2017 by Georgina Harris 0 Comments

Mollie Hughes, a mountaineer based in Edinburgh who became the youngest woman in the world to climb Mount Everest from both the north and south sides, has broken her fundraising target for Cancer Research UK.

The 26 year-old from Devon has raised £13,557.17 for the cancer charity, easily beating her original fundraising target of £8,848, which she chose as it is the height of the world’s highest mountain.

The JD Foundation made a massive contribution to Mollie’s fundraising for Cancer Research UK by donating her full target amount of £8,848 to the charity to celebrate her achievement. 

Mollie commented: “Even on the toughest, steepest sections of Mount Everest, I just kept going, inspired by a dream and the knowledge that with every metre climbed, £1 would be donated to Cancer Research UK. 

“I am so happy that thanks to the generosity of The JD Foundation, Kae Tinto Murray and many others who have contributed to the fundraising total of £13,557.17, Cancer Research UK is benefiting from further much needed funds to support its work.”

Mollie first climbed the tallest mountain in the world via the south side in 2012 aged just 21. In May this year she then returned to Everest to climb via the notoriously tough north side, reaching the summit with her climbing partner and guide, Jon Gupta of Mountain Expeditions, and her trusted Sherpa team of Lhakpa Wongchu Sherpa and Lila Bahadur Tamang.