Doctor climbs every mountain in Wales

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 June 2012 | UPDATED: 11:40 26 June 2012

Andrew Newton.

Andrew Newton.

Andrew Newton.

IN CELEBRATION of the Olympics a Somerset doctor has climbed every mountain in Wales for charity.

Fifty-year-old Andrew Newton of Shipham decided to take on the personal challenge after he was inspired by the performance of team Wales in last year’s rugby world cup.

The consultant in emergency medicine is supporting the charity Future Hope which provides a home, education and medical help to children of Kolkata, in West Bengal, India, who are living on the streets.

And because rugby is a key part of daily life at Future Hope, Andrew decided to take on his own rugby related sports challenge.

He said: “I have just completed a challenge which involved climbing every Welsh mountain more than 2,500ft high, to raise funds for the inspirational charity.

“To do this I climbed 31 mountains, covering more than 125 miles in six days. The ascent involved was more than 20,000 ft, which is equivalent to climbing Mount Everest from base camp, twice.”

As a warm up, Andrew completed the Bristol 10K and the Forest of Dean forest trials half marathon.

Andrew said Future Hope now runs eight homes where more than 200 former street children live and enjoy life.

He said: “Sport is a key pillar of life at Future Hope and is a daily activity for the children. This is a really worthwhile cause and even though India is a rapidly developing economy, there is little in the way of local funding for children such as these.”

If you would like to support Andrew for his mountain climbing challenge visit his donations page at http://www.justgiving.com/andrew-newton-climb-every-mountain and funds raised will be used to pay for essential medical treatments and to buy basic science teaching equipment.

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