Student Joe treks to Everest Base Camp for children's charity

Published on: 29 Dec 2017

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A former Wellsway student with a passion for photography will have the photo opportunity of a lifetime when he climbs to Everest Base Camp later this year.

Joe Hardwick, 19, will spend 10 days trekking to the peak’s South Base Camp in Nepal at 5,364 metres and says he hopes to be able to capture some memorable images along the way.

He is undertaking the challenge in September in aid of the Children’s Society and hopes to raise around £3,000 to support the charity’s work.

Joe, now a Birmingham University student and a keen photographer in his spare time, undertook work experience with Keynshamvoice while still at school and, to help him on the way to his target, the team has pledged £250 towards the cause.

A member of Saltford Scouts, from Beavers through to Explorers, Joe also played football for Saltford Stars until he was 16, hockey for Keynsham and Bath, was a member of Keynsham Swimming Club and worked as a lifeguard at Keynsham Leisure Centre.

He said: “The Children’s Society is a charity that supports underprivileged 11- to 18-year-olds through their most formative years, by providing opportunities and experiences to guide them into a positive and successful adulthood and I aim to raise at least £2,940 to show my support.”

Emma Cooper, publisher of Keynshamvoice, said: “We are delighted to be able to sponsor Joe in this amazing challenge and for such a worthy cause. It was great to be able to offer Joe work experience, as a local student, and we are proud to be able to support him in this venture – we can’t wait to see the pictures!”  

To find out more about Joe’s challenge and to sponsor him, visit

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