Weston men set for Mont Blanc Challenge

PUBLISHED: 06:02 03 July 2012 | UPDATED: 08:41 03 July 2012

Duncan Perry, Pete Skilton and Jason Smith going to Mont Blanc to raise money for the Hospicecare.

Duncan Perry, Pete Skilton and Jason Smith going to Mont Blanc to raise money for the Hospicecare.

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FIVE men from Weston are set to raise £2,000 by climbing Mont Blanc for charity.

Jason Smith, aged 42, and his team flew out to the region at the end of last week and are currently embarking on the 15,000ft climb in aid of Weston Hospicecare.

His cousin Nick, Paul Davies, Paul Harrington and Pete Skilton will join him on the expedition, along with Canadian friend Duncan Perry who Mr Smith once climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with for Weston Hospicecare.

The six-man team will spend eight days climbing the first 200km before spending a few days acclimatising at 12,000ft. They hope to reach the summit at dawn on Monday.

Mr Smith said: “What Weston Hospicecare has done for friends and family is great.

“To complete the challenge will be a massive achievement and a once in a lifetime opportunity to scale the summit.

“For many, completing a challenge like this is about beating cancer or other life-limiting illnesses that, without the help, care and medical attention of Weston Hospicecare, would not be possible.

“Weston Hospicecare is more than a charity, it is essential and, to quote a long lost friend, ‘it is a haven.’”

He said the team had spent six months planning the adventure and said they all want some good weather to make the challenge a little easier.

Kaya Evans, a junior fundraiser at Weston Hospicecare, said: “We are so pleased to support them and so grateful to them for choosing us.

“The money they hope to raise makes a real difference and could pay for the bereavement service for two months, which supports the whole family.”

For more information about the challenge, and for sponsorship details, visit www.justgiving.com/2012MontBlanc

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