AN INTREPID explorer is taking on a trek through the Himalayas to raise money for a charity close to his heart.
Chris McGovern from Cubbington will walk for ten days from Kathmandu to the summit of Poon Hill in Nepal – even celebrating his 57th birthday along the way.
It will be the third time Chris has pulled on his walking boots to raise money for Castel Froma Neuro Care, following a trek along the Great Wall of China and the Inca Trail in Peru.
The charity supported Chris in 2008 after he suffered a neurological virus which left him needing rehabiliation.
Since then he has raised some £20,000 for Castel Froma, and he hopes this excursion – which starts on Friday (April 13) and will see him walk six hours each day – will generate more than £1,000 to pay for entertainment for residents.
Chris said: “I wanted to challenge myself and decided walking at high-altitude would be the biggest test for me. I also wanted to do something different to Everest Base Camp, in doing Kathmandu to Poon Hill I will get to experience the village culture of Nepal.
“There is a great team of supporters behind me, who have helped to raise the £20,000 since we started. The local community in Cubbington are very supportive in attending all the quiz nights and fundraising events we put on.
“I hope the funds raised will help to put on some entertainment for the residents at Castel Froma Neuro Care and replace some of the sensory equipment used there too.”
Castel Froma cares for vulnerable adults with conditions such as a Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and Huntingdon’s Disease.
Spokeswoman Kelly Grove said: “Fundraising like this is essential for us to be able to continue to provide entertainment for our residents.
“We’d like to thank Chris for the incredible support he has given us in the last ten years and wish him the best of luck in his latest trek.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chris-mcgovern2 to support Chris.