Becoming a great-grandfather has not slowed down our wonderful supporter, David Arran, who is preparing for the trip of a lifetime to Mount Everest.
David, aged 72, plans to trek to base camp on the world’s highest mountain in October in aid of us, and has been pounding the treadmill at the gym near his Failsworth home as he trains for the two-week 92-kilometre walk.
I may go up Mount Snowdon twice before, but it's hard to prepare for an attempt to reach Everest base camp which is 17,500 feet high. I'm confident I can do the trek but my main concerns will be the altitude and arriving at the tiny airport in Lukla in Nepal. Apparently, it's one of the world's most dangerous airports because of a short uphill runway which slows planes. David Arran
David, who has six grandchildren and a great-grandson Samuel who was born in January, has regularly taken part in the Manchester Midnight Walk which we organise each year.
St Ann's is a wonderful local charity which does fantastic work in the community helping patients, their families and carers with life-limiting illnesses. The charity relies heavily on fundraising so hopefully I can raise as much as I can through sponsorship. David Arran
David warmed up for his Himalayan trip by completing the Great Manchester 10k Run in May, though his marathon-running days have ended due to a bad knee.
We wish David the absolute best of luck for his trek in October. If you would like to show David your support, you can visit his sponsorship page here.