Barking mad bingo on Mt Everest

WILL THINGS be tickety boo, 62, or in a state, 28, when two friends try to smash the world record for the highest game of bingo on Mount Everest? Ross O Shaughnessy and Peter Meacock, who both work for Gala Coral in Wakering Road, Barking, will take on de

WILL THINGS be tickety boo, 62, or in a state, 28, when two friends try to smash the world record for the highest game of bingo on Mount Everest?

Ross O'Shaughnessy and Peter Meacock, who both work for Gala Coral in Wakering Road, Barking, will take on dehydration, frostbite and altitude sickness to see if their numbers come up at Base Camp of the highest mountain in the world.

The pair of daredevils will join 22 other extreme bingo fanatics to play a game at 17,500ft and hope to raise �100,000 for Sue Ryder Care - a charity that supports the terminally ill.

Ross, 28, from Dagenham, said: "We've been training pretty hard for months now.


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"Recently we climbed the highest peaks in Wales and England - Snowdon and Scafell Pike.

"Obviously, at around 3,000ft, they are nothing compared to Everest!"

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The group leave for their expedition on Friday.

They will fly from Heathrow to Kathmandu to Lukla, a journey that will take more than 13 hours.

"The airport at Lukla is right up in the mountains and the runway ends with a cliff edge - so that should be an interesting flight!" said Ross.

"When we get there we have a couple of days to acclimatise. The altitude can take some getting used to and the lack of oxygen will be very noticeable."

The team will be in Nepal for 16 days, taking 12 days to trek to the base camp of Everest and back.

They will have sherpas to guide them up the mountain and yaks to carry food and supplies.

Temperatures will plummet to -10 or -12 degrees at night so Ross and Peter need to bring special thermals and sleeping bags.

Ross said: "I'm very excited about the experience of being somewhere I have never been before and seeing the incredible views.

"But I'm not excited about not being able to shower for two weeks!"

The company aims to raise �1million for Sue Ryder Care. If you would like to sponsor Ross and Peter on their extreme bingo expedition, donate at www.justgiving.com/rossos.

Follow the pair's escapades on their Everest blog at www.galacoraleveresttrek.co.uk.

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