Londoner Emily Stranger won a national competition, beating thousands of applicants, to represent England in the inaugural Glenfiddich Pioneers Club expedition to Everest Base Camp during the Walking With The Wounded Everest 2012 expedition.
Along with representatives of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Emily carried the English flag and messages of support for the Expedition Team on the arduous ten day trek to Everest Base Camp.
Whilst at Base Camp – at a staggering 17,598ft – Emily took part in the world’s highest ever whisky tasting which was broadcast live around the world. “It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity”, said Emily, a 28 year old costume designer. “It was great to meet the Walking With The Wounded team – they are a real inspiration. To receive this Glenfiddich Pioneers award from David Wiseman and Martin Hewitt is fantastic. I’m honoured and really proud to be involved with the charity”.
Emily and her fellow Glenfiddich Pioneers carried messages of support from the UK to the wounded servicemen during the expedition. David Wiseman, having presented Emily with the award said, “when the Pioneers joined us at Base Camp we’d been away from the UK for nearly a month, so to have that link to home was a massive morale boost. It’s quite isolated in the Himalayas so having messages from home and some home comforts was something we were really grateful for”.