A former model from St Helens - turned health and fitness guru - is embarking on her biggest challenge to date by tackling Mount Everest.
Louise Glover’s desire to trek to base camp of the world’s highest mountain was sparked by personal tragedy, the death of both her parents.
The 32-year-old, who hails from Sutton, was still grieving for her father, who died of pneumonia last February, when her mother suddenly and unexpected passed away in August.
Louise, who appeared in numerous magazines during her successful modelling career, has already raised £3,000 for charity.
Speaking to the St Helens Reporter via email from a camp near Everest in Nepal, Louise told how her parents’ passing inspired her to “throw herself into an extreme challenge”.
“I’m at Everest national park,” she said.
I now live their legacy and life to keep making them proudLouise Glover
“One week in and one week to go. It’s now below freezing at night, base camp is -20 so it’s mega cold where I’m heading.
“The altitude is very difficult as we are slowly acclimatising.”
She went on: “My mum and dad recently died and I decided to throw myself into an extreme challenge out of loving memory and to raise money for the charity British lung foundation.
“My dad died of pneumonia in February as he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for a year and he suddenly deteriorated once he caught pneumonia.
“I was with him when he took his last breath. I’ve been so heartbroken beyond repair then in August my mum suddenly died. We got results back that my mum died from a broken heart.
“My mum Maria and my dad Louie were soulmates and best friends always. So I now live their legacy and life to keep making them proud.”
Louise now runs a health and fitness business and regularly competes at fitness competitions.
To donate go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/louiseglovereverest