Paul Mordue, who runs Wild About Adventure, has pledged to climb Mount Everest in April 2020 in aid of a local cancer support centre.
Paul aims to raise £50,000 for the Maggie’s Centre in Newcastle. Funds will also cover the cost of his Everest trek.
Wild About Adventure is an outdoor education consultancy.
“I have always loved the great outdoors, so much so, I’ve managed to make a career out of it!” Paul said.
“I’ve been climbing mountains for years but Everest has always been my idea of the ultimate challenge.
“It’s not something I have entered into lightly, I know that there is a long road ahead and fully understand the risks and the level of commitment involved, not just for myself, but also from my friends and family who are supporting me.”
Maggie’s is a national network of local cancer centres for everyone affected by cancer, including family and friends. Located in the grounds of the Freeman Hospital, the North East centre supports 100 people every day.
Karen Verrill, centre head of Maggie’s Newcastle said: “We wish Paul every success in his exciting challenge to climb Everest. Paul is aiming to raise £50,000 for Maggie’s Newcastle in memory of his dear friend Catherine and has set up a JustGiving page. Separately, he is also seeking corporate sponsors to fund his trip to Everest.”
With similar terrain and comparably snowy weather conditions to those he will find on Everest, in July, Paul plans to climb Mount Nun, a 7,135m peak in the Indian Himalayas to help him fully prepare his body and mind for the expedition to come.
“I have climbed mountains in the Himalayas before, but nothing on the same scale as Everest,” Paul explained.