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Whitby Gazette's on top of the world

GP Alistair Sutcliffe survived a terrifying avalanche, a severe storm, and narrowly avoided a fatal icefall collapse in his mission to climb Mount Everest while raising cash for a local cause.

But nothing was going to stop him achieving his goal and reaching the top of the world’s highest peak.

And he marked his achievement by unfurling a St Catherine’s Hospice flag – and the Whitby Gazette – at the summit.

Editor Damian Holmes said: “We are always looking to expand our readership area, so it was fantastic to see we have reached so far and so high.

“I’m not sure how newspaper sales will react when I tell them it’s going to be a regular delivery!

“But it is a fantastic achievement for Alistair to reach the top of Everest. He and his team endured a lot of hardship.

“And it was great that he recognised the support we have given him by setting up this superb picture for us.

“Right through his adventure he has been providing us with regular updates via e-mail and our readers have followed his progress keenly.”

The Gazette gave a donation to kick-start the fund-raising, and has given Alistair plenty of coverage to help keep the cash coming in.

“Now he has helped us put the Whitby Gazette on the top of the world – where it obviously belongs,” said Damian.

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