A DETERMINED man is hoping to raise £10,000 for a boy from Ripley by running the Mount Everest Marathon.
Gavin Chamberlain, 35, is tackling the mammoth challenge in aid of Edward Bright, the youngster who lost his arms and legs at the age of seven.
Edward, now aged 11, contracted the rare Y-strain meningococcal septicaemia, which robbed him of his limbs.
But, thanks to carbon fibre prosthetic limbs and hard work, Edward has gained improved mobility.
However, the limbs need to be replaced regularly, with a new set of legs costing £10,000.
Now, Gavin, of Norman Road, Ripley, is aiming to raise that amount via the marathon.
It takes place at the end of May next year and he wants to finish the 26-mile downhill race in about six hours.
“The record is just under four hours,” said Gavin. “I am so excited. It is one of many things I hope to take on next year. It is a brilliant challenge.”
A maximum of 200 runners take part in the race, which starts near Everest base camp and finishes in Namche Bazaar.
Gavin said: “The first five miles is on snow and ice. Then there’s rough trail and two gruelling uphill sections. And it’s all at altitude.”
It is preceded by a ten-day trek to base camp, and a two-day stay there, to enable competitors to acclimatise.
As part of his training Gavin hopes to do a downhill run at Snowdon or Ben Nevis. He has also been training around Derbyshire.
The cash for him to take part was donated by the company he works for, Advanced Composites, in Heanor.
Gavin, who has raised funds for Edward in the past, said: “I am very, very thankful to the company. Without them it would not be possible.”
To sponsor Gavin, send cheques to 2 Norman Road, Ripley, DE5 3GL. He will have a Facebook page and a JustGiving page set up soon.