Orpington resident climbs North Africa's tallest peak for children with cancer
PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:36 10 April 2018
Morley Young, from Orpington, will be joining a team of 13 to take on the challenge of trekking the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, in support of children with cancer in developing countries.
The group has teamed up for the challenge of summiting North Africa’s tallest peak, Jebel Toubkal, in a four day trek this month, which starts on April 28.
They have been inspired to take on the trek after joining forces in aid of charity World Child Cancer.
Mr Young said: “I decided to take on the trek for a number of reasons, one of which being that a friend of mine had a four-year-old daughter who died of cancer.
“I also lost my best friend to it when I was younger, so it’s a important cause for me.”
To prepare for the trek, Mr Young has sought the help of a personal trainer, who has helped him to lose almost three stone so far.
He said “I have changed my diet and I walk about 35 miles a week at the moment.
“I also went to Spain to do some climbing there.
“It’s going to be a struggle but we are going to achieve something great and raise vital funds for children with cancer.”
Mr Young said he is looking forward to the incredible views he will be able to see during the trek.
Also taking on the trek is World Child Cancer’s chief executive, Jon Rosser, who said: “My greatest priority as chief executive is to increase the amount of money we raise to ensure we save more lives.
“This trek is a fantastic opportunity to do this and stop more of the 300,000 children who develop cancer each year from dying unnecessarily.”
The team aims to raise £80,000, which could fund one of the charity’s nine programmes for an entire year.
With proven success of increasing childhood cancer survival rates from as low as 20pc to over 60pc, these trekkers will be taking on the experience of a lifetime whilst also giving children with cancer the gift of growing up.
Too see Morley’s Just Giving page visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/morley-young.