A WREXHAM man is climbing to the base camp of Mount Everest in memory of his sister who died of cancer.
Julian Henshaw, 48, Pentre Broughton will be making the 17,400ft ascent on November 2 in memory of his sister Deborah, who died in 2006 at the age of 37.
Mr Henshaw said he has found it difficult to come to terms with his loss, but now hopes to raise a large amount of money for Macmillan Cancer Support and has already raised an impressive £5,000.
“I spent five weeks by Debbie’s side at Christies in Manchester,” said Mr Henshaw.
“She had cancer the year before, but was in remission when it came back. Climbing Everest is going to be a fantastic experience but it’s also going to give closure for me.
“Up until last year I couldn’t talk about it without crying, but I’m now coming to terms with it.”
Mr Henshaw has been training for the climb since last December by walking up Snowdon, taking part in road running and treadmill work.
“I basically looked at what challenges are available and Everest base camp is quite challenging.
“Normally when you do something like this 62 per cent goes to Macmillan and the rest to pay for your trip.
“But I wanted it to all go to Macmillan so Aquatech in Wolverhampton where I work have sponsored me £2,500 and I’ve put £1,850 to cover the costs of the trip.
“People say they’re going to do something when people die and I wanted to do that and do something positive in Debbie’s memory.
“If this goes well I’m considering doing further challenges.”
He added: “I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who’s donated money, especially everyone at the Miner’s pub in Brymbo who’ve carried out a lot of fundraising for this.”
Anyone who wishes to make donations for Mr Henshaw’s walk can go to www.justgiving.com/Julian-Henshaw/