July 5, 2019 10.50 am This story is over 36 months old

Child sex abuse victim prepares for charity Everest trek

A TV crew will follow his journey and tell his inspirational story

A Lincoln man who has spoken out about the years of child sex abuse he suffered at his family home will trek to Everest Base Camp to raise money for charity.

Rhys Dickinson, 23, has just completed a master’s degree at the University of Lincoln and has now set his sights on a new challenge.

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Nepalese Himalayas, a documentary crew will follow his journey and tell his brave story.

The Lincolnite interviewed Rhys and he told a reporter how he wanted to use his ‘nightmare childhood’ to help others.

He wants to use his experience to help others. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Rhys was recently appointed as Embrace Child Victims of Crime’s youngest ambassador and will use this feat to raise money for them.

They have opened up sponsorship places for companies who would like their flag planted at the Base Camp or even a place on the trek itself.

“I’m excited about the challenge,” said Rhys. “I’m also excited to raise more money for this fantastic charity.”

“I want other young people who have suffered as I did to know that they can overcome their past and succeed.

“If my story helps even one person then it will be worthwhile.”

Anne Campbell, chief executive of Embrace CVoC, added that Rhys will further raise the voice for all young people impacted by crime.

“Rhys has overcome so much in his life through his own hard work and tenacity. He is an immense asset to our charity work and we know his outlook and experiences will fresh insight and challenge.

“His compelling story, documented by an innovative film crew, we have no doubt will further advance the voice for child victims of crime everywhere.”