A musical loving taxi driver is out to prove ‘Ain’t no mountain high enough’ in a fundraising challenge.
Stan Hind and his son Glen, 25, are currently in training to scale part of the world’s highest peak.
The pair will spend most of May trekking in the Himalayas to raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice on an expedition to Everest base camp.
Stan, 60, said: “I’m swapping my EastCoast taxi for a Yak.
“We’ll be allocated our own animal to help carry all of our gear but with the steep climbs and the effects of altitude sickness, it’s going to be very tough indeed.
“We’ll be following in the footsteps of famous mountaineers, walking along the trails of the Giant Himalayas through Sherpa villages, trekking near glaciers to base camp some 5500m above sea level.
“It will be a once in a lifetime achievement that will go a long way to helping other people too.
“Recently, a very important friend of the family finally lost his battle with motor neurone disease. Thanks to the work of St Oswald’s, he had a comfortable last few days and slipped away peacefully. We will always be indebted to St Oswald’s for looking after him.”
The pair are practising for the trek by jogging on the beach, workouts in the gym and weekend rigorous fell walking. They are also raising funds by bag packing at local supermarkets and holding charity fundraising nights. To sponsor them, visit www.justgiving.com/glenhind and www.justgiving.com/Stan-and-Glen
Paul Irwin, who runs EastCoast Taxis, is delighted with their efforts and proud of the father-and-son team.
He said: “We’ve got some great people working with us at EastCoast and sometimes I’m really surprised at the lengths people go to in order to help others.
“I wish them every bit of luck and will be following their progress every step of the way.
“It’s great to help such a worthy charity and we’ll be supporting their efforts in whatever way we can.”