AN INTREPID Cheadle policeman will trek through some of the world's most dangerous peaks as part of a long-running drive to raise funds for cancer charities.
PCSO Mark Bridgwood will hike for 10 days through the Annapurna massif in Nepal to the Mt Annapurna base camp at 13,545 ft above sea level.
Mark, who has previously tackled Everest and Kilimanjaro, is taking on the challenge as part of his on-going aim to support cancer charities in memory of family and friends.
His Annapurna trek will be in aid of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and he is hoping people will support him.
After flying to Kathmandu on Saturday October 14, Mark will join a group of hikers who will trek through the foothills mountain range, visiting villages along the old Nepal to Tibet trading route, pushing on through oak and rhododendron forests before reaching the high step and wooded slopes of the Himalayas.
The route includes thousands of steps carved into the mountainside, suspension bridges over deep ravines and a trail which winds through a notorious avalanche-prone area.
The trek will also take in some stunning views of the majestic peaks as well as offering the chance to explore the life and culture of the Gurung people and see the native wildlife.
Mark said: “It’s part of on-going fund-raising I’ve been doing for cancer charities.
“I did Kilimanjaro two years ago and Everest two years before that, so this just seemed like a natural progression.
“I wanted to do something that was a bit unusual because I think it’s good to try and do something a bit different when you’re asking people to sponsor you.
“It’s not part of a charity trek, I’ve paid all the travel costs myself, so any sponsorship will go straight to the Dougie Mac.”
Mark, who volunteers with Outward Bound offering open air learning experiences to primary school children alongside his police work, is a former military man with a passion for the outdoors.
He added: “Maybe I’ve been conditioned from my years in the military and then the police force, but I just want to give that extra bit back for people that need the assistance, help and support.
“The older you get, the more people you meet that have been touched by cancer. I don’t want to be that person and think I could’ve done something.
“I enjoy going out there and testing myself – there’s a sense of achievement when you’re out there and doing it.”
To support Mark in his fund-raising efforts, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/markbridgwood.
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