Shanice Childerley says she is the classic definition of a ‘pads brat.’ Being born into a military family is not something you choose yourself, but Shanice believes her unique upbringing has helped shaped who she is, especially her love for travel and adventure.
“I was born into a military family with my dad serving in the Royal Artillery - 30 years on and he’s still serving. I am extremely proud of him, and all I have truly wanted was to make him as proud.”
We asked Shanice a few questions about her Everest Base Camp adventure and the reasons behind attempting it for the Charity.
Why did you choose Everest Base Camp?
"I have always known that I wanted to climb to Everest Base Camp. To see the highest point on earth with my own eyes is a dream that I have always wanted to fulfil, and to be able to do it alongside Help for Heroes Veterans and like-minded fundraisers was a no brainer."
Why is it important to you to support Help for Heroes?
"Help for Heroes, like other military charities, is a close one to my heart. Growing up a ‘pads brat’, my life has been shaped and influenced by the military way of life. I can’t go two years without feeling like I need to move! It’s not only the incredible work the Charity does for our injured and sick serviceman and woman, but also the support and help they give to families.
"The sheer volume of activities, support networks, advice and state of the art facilities that have been made available is nothing short of incredible. It gives me great comfort and pride as the daughter of a serving soldier knowing that help and support is there should we need it."
What has setting this goal taught you about yourself?
"I do this for my dad, for Help for Heroes and, above all, for our wounded. I want to make a difference and help. The more ways I can be involved the better. No dream is too big if you put your mind to it and believe. At the end of the day, goals are what give you direction in life, and right now mine is heading straight up Everest!"