Gorge challenge

A DARING fund-raiser is spending the week suspended 300ft up Cheddar Gorge to raise money for charity. Adam Young, aged 22, is camping out on a portaledge, 1.2m by 2.2m, with only a tent, a Portaloo, a small cooker and a book for company.

A DARING fund-raiser is spending the week suspended 300ft up Cheddar Gorge to raise money for charity.

Adam Young, aged 22, is camping out on a portaledge, 1.2m by 2.2m, with only a tent, a Portaloo, a small cooker and a book for company.

The youngster will be pushing himself to the limit on the second anniversary of his sister's death to raise awareness of the illness she died from.

Selena Young died from a rare liver cancer just two years after she was diagnosed with the condition.


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Little is known about the disease and Adam is hoping the money he raises for the G197 Fund will pay for more research into rare liver cancers.

He said: "It would have been her birthday on September 4 so I'm going to pay my respects to her while I'm up here.

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"Only two people in the UK have had the type of cancer she had and not much research had been done on it so they didn't know how to treat her.

"If I can raise money to save another life that will make it all worthwhile. I couldn't help her but maybe I can help someone else."

Adam, who works as a tree surgeon for Greenman Environmental Management in Bath, has been climbing since the age of 10.

He did his first fund-raiser for G197 last year with a 330ft speed climb on Lundy Island.

Adam will not have contact with anyone on the ground during his gruelling campout but his dad and two of his friends will be supplying him with ration packs. They will also be keeping a 24-hour watch on him in case he gets into trouble and emptying his Portaloo.

Adam will be wearing a harness throughout the feat to make sure he does not roll off the nylon ledge in his sleep.

Being a tree surgeon and an experienced climber, Adam has no problem with heights, but says the hardest part will be sitting still for such a long period of time.

He said: "I can't sit still for five minutes, so everyone close to me has given me lots of money because they know how hard it will be.

"I'm worried about being up there on my own for that long, I might go crazy. I'll probably be hanging onto the rocks for the first couple of hours because it's very high up."

After he has completed the challenge Adam is hoping to sell the ledge on Ebay to raise more cash for the charity.

He has raised £800 so far and anyone wishing to support him can pop during the week to sponsor him.

To find out how he got on pick up a copy of next week's Somerset Mercury.

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