Wayne has eyes on Mount Kenya charity trek

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When Wayne Box was given the opportunity to climb Mount Kenya to raise money for Cancer Research UK, he jumped at the chance.

The Opticians Manager at Tesco Extra in Hucknall decided he would take part and help raise money.

But the idea took on a more personal touch when his dad, Raymond (84) was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer of the lining of the lung.

Wayne said: “It was on my bucket list to do something like this so when it came up, I decided to do it.

“It got more personal when my dad was diagnosed with a cancer that may have been caused by exposure to asbestos during his early career.

“I need to raise a around £4,000, with £1,800 to fund the trek and the rest going to Cancer Research RUK.

Wayne has started his training for the climb, which takes place in January next year, by walking in Sherwood Forest and in the Peak District.

Wayne said: “I’m not worried by the fitness as I will have gone through the training by then, but I do wonder how the altitude will affect me.”

He added that he had spoken to military people who had carried out similar challenges and who had warned him about the possible effects.

He added: “It will be tough, like something I have never done before. It’s around 60 km of walking ascending 5000 metres .

“As we get near the summit we will be affected by altitude sickness and camping in minus 15 degrees temperature - not exactly a walk in the park. I am really looking forward to the challenge.”

Cancer Research UK has been chosen as Tesco’s next Charity Of The Year, and Wayne will join Tesco colleagues from around the country for the challenge.

He has set up a Just Giving page where people can read about his challenge and donate money. Visit www.justgiving.com/Wayne-box1