Mark to conquer double feat

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 December 2010 | UPDATED: 09:55 04 May 2017

Mark Woods

Mark Woods

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A BUSINESSMAN from Burnham is hoping to conquer Africa’s highest mountain and spend a night at its summit when he takes on an extraordinary double feat next month.

Mark Woods will be swapping his suit for thermals when he attempts to climb 18,000 ft to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

He then intends to spend a night in a crater at the mountain’s highest camp where temperatures can reach -25 degrees and campers have to be supported by breathing equipment to survive the high altitude.

Mark, who owns Watermark Financial Solutions on Burnham’s High Street, is hoping to raise £15,000 which will be split between Weston Hospicecare, Children’s Hospice South West and Cancer Research UK.

His father died of lung cancer in 1991 and Mark wants to honour the 20th anniversary of his dad’s death by completing this amazing challenge.

He said: “I have climbed the three peaks of England, Scotland and Wales and ultimately would like to climb Mount Everest and get at least to the final base camp. “Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world and although not the toughest physical challenge, the altitude and the low temperatures mean that many people don’t make it and are evacuated off the mountain each year.”

He added: “I have experienced at close hand the work that Weston Hospicecare does. “A cousin of mine who was terminally ill with cancer last year was able to discuss his end of life with people that understood what he was going through.

“I believe that it was this help that enabled him to die in peace and do what he needed to do beforehand.”

The hospice fund-raiser, said: “What Mark is planning to do will be an incredible achievement for him and the friends that he is climbing with.

“We wish him all the best with his training and also for the event itself, we cannot wait to hear all about it when he returns.”

To donate to Mark’s cause visit www.justgiving.com/Watermarkfs-WestonHospicecare

 

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