JULIE ANN SPENCE REPORTS
Noel Hanna who with his wife Lynne is
attempting to he the first married couple in Northern
Ireland to reach the summit in May 2008. The couple
launched the Ulster Cancer Foundation's 'Personal
Everest Project' with cancer survivor Peter McAlindon
(pictured left) who will join Noel and Lynne on the
first leg of their expedition.
DROMARA couple Noel and Lynne Hanna are preparing for the
adventure of a lifetime, as they aim to become the first married
couple from Northern Ireland to stand on top of Mount Everest,
all in aid of the Ulster Cancer Foundation.
Noel and Lynne have attempted to reach the mighty summit before
but after Noel suffered severe problems with his eyes caused by
the altitude, they were forced to abandon their attempt.
However Noel returned to Nepal and was on top of the world in
May 2006 when he reached the summit of Mount Everest on his
While Lynne was delighted that Noel had attained his goal, she
was disappointed that she was unable to join him on the
expedition and the couple always intended to return to Nepal to
conquer the mountain together.
"It has always been at the front of our minds to go back," said
Noel. "Lynne is really looking forward to it. Hopefully we will
make it but you never know what will happen. I went in 2005 and
I was feeling confident. You just don't know how the altitude
will effect you." Noel and Lynne are starting their long journey
at the end of March and if everything goes to plan they should
reach the summit in the middle of May. As well as climbing
Everest Noel is also hoping to complete his '7 Summits 2 Sea
Level' challenge, which will see him climb the highest peaks in
each of the seven continents of the world and return to sea
level under his own steam.
With just two summits left to do, he is hoping to attain his
goal by the end of the year. "I have completed five out of the
seven," explained Noel. "I still have one to do in Papua New
Guinea in August/September and I am hoping to end the year with
an expedition to Antarctica. Hopefully it will be a big year for
me," he added.
Everyone challenged to conquer their personal Everest
NOT only is climbing Mount Everest a great personal and physical
challenge, but Lynne and Noel want to use their expedition to
raise £150,000 for the Ulster Cancer Foundation to fund a major
new support programme for cancer patients and their families in
Lynne, who is also General Manager for Clarins in Northern
Ireland, explained: "This is an ambitious fundraising target so
we want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved
and help us achieve our £150,000 target.
We know not everyone has the opportunity or inclination to go to
Everest so we're asking people to think about a challenge in
their own lives that is their 'Personal Everest' and which they
can use to raise funds for this worthwhile cause."
Noel and Lynne will also be joined on the first part of the
expedition by Peter McAlindon, who was diagnosed with lymphoma
five years ago at the age of 36. "He will be climbing to 7,000
feet proving that, even if you have been ill, you can still
achieve your goals," added Noel.
Joyce Savage, Head of Appeals & Marketing at UCF added: "We are
thrilled that Lynne, Noel and Peter are using this
once-in-a-lifetime experience to benefit cancer patients in
Their dedication, commitment and loyalty are a great inspiration
and we wish them every success as they prepare for their
For further information on the Personal Everest Project please
firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Sarah/Leonne at
UCF on 9066 3281.