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Wokingham woman's bid to be youngest Everest climber

Bonita Norris
Ms Norris says she has never climbed before

A novice climber is holding a series of auctions to raise money for her bid to become the youngest British female to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Bonita Norris, 22, from Wokingham in Berkshire, hopes to climb 8848m (29,030ft) to the summit of the world's most famous mountain in May.

She is auctioning three flags which will feature the highest bidders' name or personal message from next Sunday.

She will take the three flags with her on her climb.

Welsh climber Tori James, 25, claimed the title in May 2007.

Family support

Ms Norris, who went to the The Holt School, said: "Eighteen months ago I decided that I wanted to climb Mount Everest.

"Mad? Maybe, but I am totally committed.

"My family's response was, 'You have never climbed before, why of all things do you choose to climb the highest mountain in the world?'."

Despite their initial misgivings, the media graduate added that they have been "incredibly supportive".

Ms Norris has since demonstrated her determination and dedication to overcome the odds by climbing Mount Manaslu in Nepal four months ago.

At 8,156m (26,758ft), it is the eighth highest mountain in the world.

Ms Norris will be climbing Mt Everest to raise money for Global Angels, an international foundation championing the causes of children around the world which is aimed at empowering them and their communities.

The first of the three flag auctions will be held on Sunday.

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