DAREDEVIL fund-raiser Phil Purdy has set his sights on one of the world’s biggest challenges in aid of Cancer Research UK.
The 51-year-old will leave his home and family in Lightcliffe this month for the Himalayas to climb Mount Everest, together with friend Jeff Crooke, 61, of Norwich. They hope to raise £150,000 for Cancer Research UK.
The gruelling challenge will take around 72 days to reach the summit at 8,850 metres - in the face of treacherous conditions including the debilitating effects of lack of oxygen.
Mr Purdy, a father-of-four, lost his father to lung cancer in 2002.
He said: “It’s our ambition to climb Everest and it’s Cancer Research UK’s ambition to beat cancer. Both challenges take a great deal of stamina, team work and the support of many. By supporting Cancer Research UK we’re hoping to help some amazing research make a real difference and give others the chance to make and meet their own challenges.”
In 2009, the pair successfully scaled the sixth highest mountain in the world, Cho Oyu in the Himalyas - just 20km away from Everest.
That challenge raised £100,000 for Cancer Research UK and when they both caught sight of Everest from Cho Oyu’s summit, the seed for their next challenge was planted.
Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, Harpal Kumar, Said: “Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer.
“However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our supporters, without whom we would not be able to fund outstanding scientists, doctors and nurses.
“I’ll never be ceased to be amazed by the lengths that some people go to in fundraising for our research, and Phil and Jeff are certainly no exception. On behalf of everyone at Cancer Research UK, I wanted to pass on my very best wishes to them both for the ascent of Everest next year and of thank them for their incredible fundraising efforts.”
Follow the pair’s challenge at www.everestchallenge2012.co.uk.