Emma is all set to climb a mountain for charity

Assistant manager Emma Russell, left, with chief executive Peter Borg-Neal
Assistant manager Emma Russell, left, with chief executive Peter Borg-Neal

A restaurant manager is celebrating after being chosen to embark on a trip of a lifetime for charity.

Emma Russell – assistant manager at the Red Lion in Water End – won the Oakman Inns staff competition to trek across the Himalayas with chairman Mike Smith.

The two-week expedition will see the pair trek 85km as well as spending time in a school in Nepal working with disadvantaged children. The trip is set to raise £3,500 for the Springboard Charity.

Emma said: “The trek will be a real challenge but I’m so used to being on my feet for 10 hours at a time that I may surprise myself.

“I’m delighted to be raising so much money for such a fantastic cause, and I’m looking forward to holding some great events at the Red Lion as part of the fundraising mission.”

Emma is planning an evening of Italian food and drink at the Red Lion in a bid to help her hit her fundraising target, but the date is yet to be confirmed.

Chief executive Peter Borg-Neal said: “We are thrilled to be supporting Emma in her efforts to fundraise for this fantastic cause, and going some way to changing people’s lives for the better in the process.

“We are very proud of Emma and the rest of our teams, and look forward to embarking on this exciting project for Springboard.”

The Springboard Charity helps young, unemployed and disadvantaged people improve their prospects in life through a career in hospitality, leisure and tourism.