Roddy laces up his boots for big climb in aid of hospice

01/03/12  MO''Roddy Stanley from Portsea who is trekking the Himalayas in April to raise money for the Rowans Hospice.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (120736-1)
01/03/12 MO''Roddy Stanley from Portsea who is trekking the Himalayas in April to raise money for the Rowans Hospice.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (120736-1)

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Fundraiser Roddy Stanley is lacing up his hiking boots for a worthy cause - and made him this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner.

The 30-year-old will climb part of the Himalayas in aid of The Rowans Hospice on April 7.

Roddy, of Kent Street, Portsea, hopes his two-week climb in Bhutan will help him reach his target of raising £3,600 for The Rowans in Purbrook.

So far he has managed to pull in £2,000 thanks to donations from friends and family.

By the end of the gruelling challenge, Roddy and his team of fundraisers from around the country will have reached 17,000 ft above sea level.

Roddy, a youth worker for Portsea Youth Centre, wanted to raise money for The Rowans because his auntie, Joan Jennings, was cared for there before she died five years ago.

‘I’m feeling pretty nervous about the trip,’ he says.

‘But I know the experience is going to be amazing.

‘I’ve never been to that part of the world before.’

Roddy applied for the trip after he spotted an advert at The Rowans last year.

At the time he was registering to take part in an abseil down Millgate House in Portsea.

‘I hadn’t even heard of Bhutan before I applied to do this, he says.

‘But now I can’t wait. I’ve been out running most evenings in the week so I’m fit enough for the challenge ahead. I’ve had so much support from my family too.’