A BANK worker is hoping to reach new heights after signing up for a charity trek up Mount Everest.
Andrew Washington, a customer service adviser at the Halifax’s branch in Whitley Bay, is hoping to join 34 other bank staff for a trek up to Everest’s base camp setting off on Friday, June 15.
The 39-year-old needs to raise £4,000 in sponsorship by the end of May to book his place on the trek, but he already has more than £900 in donations.
Andrew, of the Marden Estate at Cullercoats, has already started training for the mammoth trek, walking between two and four hours on his days off and is walking his dog further before and after work.
He is aiming to raise money for a Save the Children programme to help underprivileged youngsters break the cycle of poverty.
Andrew said: “The charity is a very good cause. I’ve been fundraising for years for other charities.
“For me, this is the chance of a lifetime. I’m really looking forward to it.
“It just sounds like a great adventure – a total of 17 days in Nepal and up to the base camp. I’ve kind of caught the bug now as I’m looking to see what other treks I could do.”
Andrew is holding a race night at the Fat Ox in Whitley Bay on Sunday, April 15, and colleagues and friends have provided prizes to be auctioned off in raffles.
There are also three slots available on his hiking jacket for companies to take out sponsorship.
Anyone wanting to sponsor Andrew can visit www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Washington