Mountain climb boosts charity

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ST CATHERINE’S Hospice in Scarborough has received a welcome boost from an adventurous local man.

David Charlton, who manages Morrisons in Malton, climbed Mont Blanc in France to raise £1,000 for the hospice.

At 15,782ft, Mont Blanc is the highest peak in Europe and Mr Charlton says it was a tough adventure.

He said: “It was quite a challenge. Statistically it is the most dangerous mountain in the world because of the number of lives it has claimed.

“It’s completely snow covered and so every footstep is in to snow and ice. There are some quite hairy scrambles over rock faces to contend with, not to mention the danger of avalanches.

“All in all it was a great adventure and well worth the effort to help the hospice.”

Mr Charlton completed the climb with some friends and was almost robbed of the opportunity when he tore a cartilage during four months of training.

“Luckily I was still able to put some weight on my leg and managed to complete the climb,” he added. It is something I have always wanted to do.

“Many years ago some friends and I were going to climb it, but I was then involved in a serious road accident and obviously had to abandon the idea. Earlier this year we decided it was time to give it a go.”

He was particularly pleased to do the climb in aid of Saint Catherine’s as his father had the benefit of hospice care before his death some years ago.

Mr Charlton said: “My impression up until that point had been that they were quite sombre places, but experience taught me that they are extremely positive and uplifting and I was really pleased to be able to help.”

His fundraising effort was part of a UK-wide campaign by the supermarket to raise £1 million for hospice care. Through a partnership with Help the Hospices, the leading charity supporting UK hospice care, every Morrisons store has teamed up with their nearest hospice to raise money that will directly fund hospice services in the local community.

Saint Catherine’s Hospice fundraiser Louise Leah said: “We are extremely grateful to David for this amazing fundraising feat.

“Climbing Mont Blanc is no mean achievement and to do it in aid of Saint Catherine’s is a wonderful gesture. We are indebted to David and to Morrisons supermarkets throughout the area for the wonderful support they have given Saint Catherine’s in the partnership year.”