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Seamstress's work reaches great heights for charity

Climber Philip Pinchin scaled the heights of the sixth highest mountain to set about raising thousands of pounds for local medical charity, Cobalt. 

He was accompanied on his climb by work from a local seamstress. Rosalind Bodman, owner of Dream Seams, a Cheltenham T-shirt printing and embroidery specialist, stepped up to the challenge of producing Cobalt-branded items, including sew-on badges for Philip to wear and a flag for him to take to the summit.

Standing at 8201 metres, Cho Oyu straddles the border of Nepal and Tibet. Cho Oyu is translated from Tibetan as "the Turquoise Goddess". Situated 28km west of Everest on the Tibetan Plateau, the true summit has been reached when, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest and the Khumbu Valley can all be seen.

Philip embarked on his ascent, without supplemental oxygen, from the north-west ridge in Tibet. 

Philip said: "My late mother helped raise money for the Cheltenham Cobalt Unit, so it seemed a natural choice of charity when I sought to use this climb as a fundraising opportunity."

Philip aims to raise over £8000, the equivalent of the height of Cho Oyu mountain. If you would like to support him, click here  to visit his Just Giving page.

Kirsty Bradbury, fundraising engagement officer, said: "It was great to hear from Philip and that he was back in one piece, having endured a frozen left foot and exhaustion to climb Cho Oyu in the Himalayas and raise money for Cobalt."

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