No mountain too high for Peter

Peter McAlear climbs Ben Nevis
Peter McAlear climbs Ben Nevis

A 71-year-old Bearsden man who has been living with prostate cancer for almost 12 years has conquered Ben Nevis for charity.

Peter McAlear, who lost his wife to cancer less than two years ago, climbed Britain’s highest peak as part of The Prostate Cancer Charity’s annual Ben Nevis Trek, raising over £800 three weeks ago.

The pensioner, who is a trained volunteer for charity, admitted: “When I was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in June 1999 I took my diagnosis to mean I would never reach retirement. I didn’t think for a minute I’d be climbing Ben Nevis nearly 12 years later.”

The climb itself was done under extremely difficult circumstances with almost white out conditions, freezing temperatures and, at the top, horizontal sleet in places.

The former marine engineer, who has two grown-up children and three grandchildren, said: “This made it a long, hard slog, but the excellent company provided by my fellow fundraisers for The Prostate Cancer Charity kept me going.

“Climbing Ben Nevis is a tough expedition, but the fact I’m here at all so many years after my diagnosis is something I find remarkable and that I always stress to anyone I meet who has just been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The fact I climbed Ben Nevis almost 12 years after diagnosis is something I might stress now too!”

Head of Operations at The Prostate Cancer Charity Scotland, Ann Ferguson, said: “Peter McAlear is a fantastic and inspirational volunteer for The Prostate Cancer Charity Scotland. Once again he has gone over and above the call of duty to raise awareness of prostate cancer and funds for its treatment, and I know the charity and those it supports are extremely grateful to Peter for this latest outstanding effort.”

Anyone concerned about prostate cancer can call The Prostate Cancer Charity’s free and confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383.

The Helpline is staffed by specialist nurses and is open from 10am to 4pm on Monday to Friday and from 7 to 9pm on Wednesdays.

Alternatively, visit www.prostate-cancer.org.uk