A MAN who has lost a lung to cancer has set himself a climbing challenge in the Lake District for charity.
David Leathley, who lives in Kilsby, has his sights set on walking up Helm Crag.
Three years ago Mr Leathley was diagnosed with lung cancer and had a lung removed to stop the spread of the disease.
Now in remission, Mr Leathley, aged 64, has decided to take on the fell.
He said: “I come from that part of the world and I used to walk up Helm Crag as exercise for rugby, so I know it quite well.
“I now live in sheltered housing in Kilsby as a result of my illness, and I have been very well supported by the other tenants.
“When I was told the disease was in remission I decided to show that I could still climb a hill, even with only one lung.”
The 405 metre high hill poses a big challenge to Mr Leathley.
He said: “With only one lung walking up stairs is much more difficult than it used to be, so the hill is going to be quite a challenge.
“It’s really going to be about going slow and steady. I’m also going to have people walking with me as well.
“I want to show to anybody else who suffers from a serious illness that life can go on with a positive attitude.
The climb will be raising money for three different charities, and people can pick which one they support.
Mr Leathley is raising money for Macmillan nurses who support cancer patients and their families.
The second charity is the Epilepsy Society. He is also supporting the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
Mr Leathley said: “I have included the Epilepsy Society as I suffered from epilepsy in my youth and one of my daughters Emma suffers from it now.
“I have four children who are working hard in West Haddon, Manchester and Darlington to raise money towards my target of £1,500.
“I have already raised £800 and am hoping to reach my target.”
To sponsor Mr Leathley go to www.justgiving.com/ David-Leathley for Macmillan. For the Epilepsy society add a ‘1’ to the end, and for the air ambulance add ‘3’.
You can also find sponsor forms at the George Hotel in Kilsby or email promises to firstname.lastname@example.org.