Cancer fundraising efforts '¨will benefit support centre
Next month, The Harbour Cancer Support Centre in Gosport will receive a donation from Pete Barty, who is heading off on the challenge of a lifetime to raise money.
The father-of-two with bone cancer will be travelling to Nepal to climb three large peaks in the Himalaya Mountain Range, each over 6,100 metres high.
Pete, from Fareham, hopes to raise at least £3,000 for the centre and for and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Having already climbed Kilimanjaro, trekked to Everest Base Camp and ran from London to Brighton to raise money, Pete is used to a challenge.
But this one will keep him away from home for 30 days, while he endures the altitude and freezing conditions of the mountains.
The Hampshire County Council worker found out he had cancer in November 2009, when what he thought was a shoulder injury from playing cricket, turned out to be bone cancer.
Pete said: ‘This is undoubtedly the biggest physical and mental challenge I have embarked upon since having cancer.
‘It’s going to be a real test.
‘But however hard I find it, I know there are people out there being told that they have cancer – and they face a far bigger struggle.’
Pete was offered practical and emotional support straight after the diagnosis from his Macmillan nurse, Helen, as well as while undergoing his treatment.
Although Pete lives with the limitations cancer has left him with, he’s determined to raise money so that others who are affected can continue to receive the support offered by Macmillan and The Harbour Cancer Support Centre.
Kim Appleby, Macmillan fundraising manager for south-east Hampshire said: ‘I’d like to thank Pete for his fantastic fundraising efforts, to date he’s raised an incredible £22,585 for Macmillan.
‘He’s so inspirational and is making an incredible difference to the lives of others.’
The money Pete raises will be split equally between both charities.
To sponsor Pete, visit justgiving.com/teams/petebarty.