Mountaineer Phil’s on top of the world

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TWO mountaineering mates will be scaling new heights when they go to the top of the world for Cancer Research UK.

And to launch their latest fund-raising challenge Phil Purdy of Smith House Lane, Brighouse, and Jeff Crooke, of Norwich, took leading cancer doctor, Professor Chris Twelves, for a climbing taster at the Leeds Wall.

Professor Twelves, of the Leeds Cancer Research UK Centre at St James’s, joined the pair to place a symbolic Cancer Research flag at the top of the wall.

The duo will leave in March 2012 and hope to raise £150,000. They will follow Hilary and Tenzing’s route via the South Col which will take around 72 days for them to make the Everest ascent to the summit at 8,850m.

The pair share a love of fell walking, and have done all of their mountain climbing together and their summits include Mont Blanc, Chopicalqui in the Andres as well as Cho Oyu, where they raised over £100,000 last year.

They will be doing a series of training and fund-raising events in the lead up to the Everest expedition, including cycling, running and climbing.

Married with four children, Phil lost his father to lung cancer in 2002. He works for Yorkshire Water in Leeds and has completed several marathons.

“It’s our ambition to climb Everest and it’s Cancer Research UK’s ambition to beat cancer,” said Phil.“Both challenges take a great deal of stamina, team work and the support of many. By supporting Cancer Research UK we’re hoping to help some amazing research make a real difference and give others the chance to make and meet their own challenges.”

For more information on Phil and Jeff’s Everest challenge and to support their fund-raising, visit www.everestchallenge2012.co.uk