In March, a group of charity supporters are trekking to Kala Patthar, 5,545 metres (18,192 ft) below Mt Everest on the Nepalese side, en route to Base Camp, to raise money and awareness for Epilepsy Research UK. The Team are supporting the charity in memory of Jean Waind, who sadly passed away from SUDEP in January 2009.

The Prayer Flag Team are: Rik Waind, Phil Waind, John Waind, David Waind, Simon Waind Paul Bowmer, Chris Bowmer, Jonny Oliver, Chris Oliver, Adam Kelly, Stu Richardson, Fred Arden, Dan Greaves.

Rik Waind, son of the late Jean Waind says, “We are in contact with the Guinness Book of Records and our aim is to establish a world record for the longest string of prayer flags! Please join us in our world record attempt by sponsoring one or more prayer flags. Every flag you sponsor will be hung from the summit of Kala Patthar over looking Everest, the highest place in the world. This is a unique opportunity for you to participate in a world record attempt, to support Epilepsy Research UK in bringing hope to over 450,000 epilepsy suffers in the UK, to have your own prayer flag[s] hoisted to the heavens in this truly magical place and for your thoughts and prayers to be carried on the wind to promote peace, harmony and happiness in this troubled world.

We suggest a donation of £5 per prayer flag, and if you confirm with your donation we will transfer any personal messages you would like onto your flag. THE MORE YOU DONATE, THE MORE FLAGS YOU WILL SPONSOR SO FEEL FREE TO SPONSOR AS MANY FLAGS AS YOU LIKE. We intend to provide all donors with a digital image of the prayer flag string flying on the summit of Kala Patthar.”

All the team members are paying in full for the trek themselves and shall be providing the flags to ensure that Epilepsy Research UK receives 100% of the donations. You can sponsor a prayer flag by visiting their Virgin Money Giving Page here:

Check back soon to see how they got on, and to see photos from the trip!