WHEN Curtis Pitter was diagnosed with kidney disease, his dream of becoming a pilot came to an end.
But the 21-year-old was determined to remain positive and decided to climb the highest mountain in Britain in a bid to raise money for the Polycystic Kidney Disease Charity.
Curtis was recently diagnosed with the illness which causes cysts to form in the kidney and can lead to renal failure. But rather than let it beat him, he wanted to do something to raise money for the charity which has helped him.
So he decided to climb Ben Nevis in Scotland.
He said: ‘A very good friend of mine and I had talked about climbing Ben Nevis for ages.
‘We started making plans well over a year ago now and finally, this year we found the time to be able to do it.’
Curtis discovered the diagnosis when he went for his medical to become a pilot for the RAF.
After passing the aptitude tests and the interview, he was called for a medical.
It was during this that he was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease and was forced to terminate his application.
He now works in the video editing and quality control department of Douglas Stafford, based at 1000 Lakeside, in North Harbour, Cosham.
Curtis added: ‘My family have a history of polycystic kidney disease.
‘My father was lucky enough to receive a kidney donation from my mother eight years ago.
‘Thanks to her, he is fit and well. So I was really keen to do something for a charity that had helped my family.’
Curtis trained hard to prepare himself for the climb and despite being a keen rower for BTC ARC in Southampton, he admitted training had been tough with a combination of running, rowing, swimming and cycling.
He and his friend Jared Ares Brutal completed the climb of the 1,344-metre mountain last week. So far, the pair have raised just over £2,000.
To make a donation to Curtis and Jared, visit justgiving.com/curtis-pitter.