Cystic fibrosis man's Mount Everest challenge
PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 September 2012
A MAN from Winscombe could become the first person with cystic fibrosis from the UK to climb the summit of the world's highest mountain.
It is believed Nick Lovell could become the first person from the country with the condition to climb Mount Everest when he sets off on his gruelling mission for charity next month.
The 30-year-old former Churchill Community School student is hoping to tackle the world’s most arduous – and dangerous – climb to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
He said: “I’ve always liked challenging myself and I’ve always wanted to do things that would allow me to push myself.
“I think that it’s good to show people with cystic fibrosis that they can get out there and do things like this.”
Mr Lovell, who grew up in Winscombe and attended the village primary school, will attempt the ascent with workmates Peter White and Callum Ferguson.
He will fly out to Nepal on October 26 and acclimatise for three days before starting the seven day trek up the 8,800-metre high mountain.
It will then take him and his team a further five days to get back down.
In preparation for the climb Mr Lovell has climbed Mount Snowdon twice, goes running four to five times a week and has been preparing for the extreme altitude by using a 3,000-metre altitude chamber.
His cousin, Sam Hall, said: “Nicholas like many cystic fibrosis patients has been in and out of hospital his whole life, but nothing will get in his way - not even a mountain.”
Mr Lovell, who graduated from Plymouth University and now works as a company director in London, added: “I’m really excited, I can’t wait to do it.”
If you want to donate to Nick’s appeal, visit www.justgiving.com/Nicholas-Lovell