Physio Ben Sets His Sights on Everest
Daredevil Telford physiotherapist Ben Lannie is taking on the largest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, in February 2013 to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Ben, of Maddocks Physiotherapy, which is part of our Physio Med network, has no experience of mountain climbing but is determined to turn his father Steven's recent Motor Neurone Disease diagnosis into a positive, by raising as much money possible for the charity and increasing awareness of the disease.
In February next year the 24-year-old physiotherapist will be embarking on a venture to reach the Everest base camp which is 5500m above sea level.
To raise money, and, in preparation for such an intense challenge, Ben plans to conquer the 'National Three Peaks' in August this year - which consists of climbing the three highest mountains in the UK - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden - in 24 hours. To make it even harder for himself, Ben is aiming to complete it in just 22 hours. He will also be embarking on a cycle challenge and organizing a charity ball over the course of the year.
Ben said: "My dad's diagnosis has devastated our family, and each of us has dealt with it in our own way. It is my hope that a cure for this terrible disease can be developed, so that in the future, other families will not face the same fate as mine and hopefully my fundraising will help towards that."
With strong support of friends and family, Ben has already raised a staggering £1,260 through his Just Giving page, almost half the amount required to climb Everest.
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