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K2 mountain challenge backed by Bradford’s Lord Mayor

Bradford’s Lord Mayor is taking part in a fundraising expedition to Pakistan in partnership with a Bradford based humanitarian charity.

The Sunbridge Road based Basic Human Rights charity will take charitable volunteers on a trek to the K2 base camp as well as projects run by the charity in Pakistan. It is hoped that they will be able to raise money for education projects in the country.

Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Naveeda Ikram is also joining the expedition but her group will be raising money for the Bradford Marie Curie Hospice.

The expedition to Pakistan and K2, the world’s second highest mountain, will be led by Nazir Sabir, a Pakistani mountaineer who has recently visited Bradford and told of his mountaineering experiences.

Coun Ikram said: “We got the opportunity when Nazir Sabir came to the UK. He gave us a presentation about his experiences and how he achieved what he achieved. A lot of people seemed interested, from all backgrounds, to get involved. We thought it would be a super opportunity to work with Basic Human Rights on this.”

Chief executive officer of Basic Human Rights, Anjum Tahirkheli, said that the trip was organised “with a viewpoint of bringing communities together” and she hoped that it could be something that was done again in the future.

Mrs Tahirkheli said: “It’s the chance of a lifetime for them to go, and such a nice big group of people are going to go.”

Basic Human Rights (BHR) are hoping to build a children’s hospital in Pakistan. They have been working to support the victims of the severe flooding in Pakistan in 2010.

If you would like more information, phone BHR on (01274) 301996 or the Lord Mayor’s office on (01274) 434965.


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