A TEACHER and two friends are taking on the challenge of a lifetime to raise money for charity.
Peter Bailey, Phil Purdy and Jeff Crooke plan to conquer Mount Cho Oyu in the Himalayas, the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8,201 metres, just 600 metres lower than Everest.
The team aims to raise a massive £100,000 for Cancer Research UK, which works to beat the disease through research, awareness and fundraising.
The team is celebrating raising half of the cash, with just over a year to go before they take on the challenge.
All three men have strong, personal motivations for achieving their goal.
Peter, 52, is a teacher at the specialist William Henry Smith School in Rastrick and was devastated when his wife, Margaret, had a cancer scare 10 years ago.
She has made a full recovery, thanks to good treatment following medical advances made through research.
Phil, 47, from Halifax, works for Yorkshire Water and sadly lost his father to lung cancer in 2002. He has been involved in fundraising for cancer charities since.
Jeff, 57, is managing director of Lintott Control Systems in Norwich.
He said: “I’m extremely fortunate in that I have never experienced the suffering caused by cancer at close hand.
“But, like many others, I see the devastation it causes to those who do and to those often left behind.
“I’m pleased to be involved in undertaking this challenge for Cancer Research UK.
“I offer my sincere thanks to our two main sponsors, TCS in Leeds and Hydrok in Cornwall, for generously sponsoring the expedition.
“This means that every penny raised will go directly to Cancer Research UK.
“Many thanks also to those other organisations and individuals who have kindly supported our challenge by making donations.”
The team’s main focus for the next few months will be working together and with their local communities to achieve their cash target.
Anyone who can help support the team with sponsorship, or by organising a small fundraising event of their own towards this target, can get more information at www.chooyu2009.co.uk or by calling Sally Watson at Cancer Research UK on 07802 563543.
The charity also wants to hear from anyone interested in organising their own adventure challenge, no matter how big or small, to support its work.
For more information on the charity’s work visit www.cancerresearch.org.uk