Friends battle through the French Alps

PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 May 2012

Marc Fenton and Thomas Arlott in their climbing gear.

Marc Fenton and Thomas Arlott in their climbing gear.

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TWO friends will be battling the harsh conditions of the French Alps to raise money for Weston Hospicecare.

Avid climbers Marc Fenton, aged 35, of Summer Lane in Weston and Thomas Arlott, aged 30 of Worle, will be heading to Chamonix in south-eastern France in an attempt to triumph over the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc.

The duo will set off in September with the mission of raising as much money as possible for their chosen charity, Weston Hospicecare.

Marc, who used to work as a mountain climbing instructor, said this charity was one which is close to their hearts.

He said his girlfriend Kay Morgan-Cairns’ mother, Ruth, was cared for at the hospice and they would like to give something back for its support.

He said: “Weston Hospicecare was amazing in Ruth’s final days.

“We talked about climbing a high mountain, as we have been climbing for about seven years and we just decided to do it for a cause, to repay what they have done for us.”

Marc and Thomas will fly over to France a few days before their climb to get used to their surroundings and the climate.

The ascent will take three days and the duo will have to climb 15,875ft above sea level, before taking two days to get back down.

Marc said: “Over the three days we will have to negotiate crevasses, glaciated territory and the infamous Grand Colour, a notoriously dangerous traverse peppered with falling rock.

“I feel a little apprehensive as the weather can throw things at you but we have already had some big sponsorships which is great.”

To sponsor Marc or Thomas go to http://www.justgiving.com/montblancclimbers-supportingwestonhospicecare


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