Hucknall climber is ‘in the pink’ for Everest challenge

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An intrepid Huchnall adventurer now has his eyes set firmly on the Himalayas after completing a charity mountain climbing challenge in the UK.

Graham Dearden, of The Drift, has now completed his challenge, which began in February, of climbing a mountain a month to raise vital cash for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity.

Dressed entirely in pink, the deicated 55-year-old, has taken in peaks including Mam Tor and Ben Nevis.

He has now booked his flight to Kathmandu on Sunday 22nd September to complete the final part of the challenge - climbing more than 17,000 ft to the Mount Everest base camp.

Graham said: “The UK mountains have all gone well with the weather being kind, if not a bit cold at the top of one or two of them.

“The highlight so far has been getting to the top of Ben Nevis in glorious but very hot weather. The 360 degree views at the top were simply amazing.

“It’s been an incredible experience climbing them dressed in all pink and some of the comments have been hilarious, and others incredibly inspiring, as people recognised the cause I am doing it for.”

It will take Graham eight days to make it to base camp, with one day set aside for climbers to rest and get used to the altitude.

Graham decided to raise cash for the breast cancer charity in memory of friend and colleague, Becky Prokopiuk, who lost her battle with the disease, aged just 32.

To sponsor Graham visit www.justgiving.com/GrahamDearden.