A KEEN hillwalker from Bearsden is planning a trek to Everest base camp at the start of next month for a kids charity.
Richard Pollock (22), from Stockiemuir Avenue, has completed about 20 Munros and jumped at the chance to walk into one of the most beautiful yet inhospitable areas of the planet.
The section manager for Lloyds TSB in Glasgow will be flying out to Nepal on June 2 with 33 other colleagues from the bank and will start the walk on June 4.
He said: “It is a trip of a lifetime. I need to raise £4,000 to go and the money will help Save the Children’s Families and Schools Together programme.”
The outdoor enthusiast added: “This is something new and a real challenge for me. I’m walking everywhere to build up my fitness and have cut out junk food.”
So far Richard has raised about half the money, but has a number of fundraising events which should bring in more cash.
The former Douglas Academy pupil said: “I’ve also been doing more hillwalking to build up my stamina. I think the most difficult obstacle on the trek will be adjusting to the food as well as the lack of oxygen.
“I don’t know how I’ll survive on curried rice for two weeks!”
Richard will fly from Glasgow to London then on to Delhi before taking another flight to Kathmandu, Nepal to start the gruelling trek.
Anyone who would like to donate can do so at Richard’s just giving site at www.justgiving.com/Richard-Pollock
EVEREST CHALLENGE . . . Richard (left) on top of Ben Lawers in January this year getting set for his Everest trip.