A man from Northlands Road in Eastleigh is preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro just months after receiving surgery to combat an aggressive bone cancer which led to the bone in his upper right arm being removed and replaced with a steel rod.
Peter Barty 39, wants to use the climb to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support in gratitude for the help he and his family received while he was undergoing treatment.
Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, is an inactive volcano and at 20,000 feet the highest freestanding mountain in the world.
Although there are well mapped trekking routes to the summit, the ascent is still an arduous and potentially dangerous undertaking – up to 30 people die every year due to medical conditions brought on by the effects of altitude – many more are forced to abandon.
Peter, a Highways Manager for Hampshire County Council is currently working and living in Fareham. He has a 2 year old daughter Ella and his wife Helen discovered she is expecting their second child, due in August, the week he left hospital.
The operation has left him with permanent limitations and he is undergoing a year of physiotherapy. His condition will also have to be monitored for ten years.
Making his appeal Peter said:
“During what was a very difficult time for my family and I, we were given incredible support from Macmillan Cancer support.”
“To say thank you to them and to help me focus my rehabilitation I have signed up to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. My target is to raise £5,000 which will all go toward Macmillan as I will be funding the trip myself.”
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