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President of Darwen Lions to tackle Everest for children's charity
THE leader of a local branch of a charitable organisation will take on the world’s tallest mountain to raise money for charity.
Stephen Milligan, president of Darwen Lions, will go on a 13-day trek at Mount Everest in November in aid of a children’s charity.
Mr Milligan, who also owns the historic Holker House in Railway Road, will trek to altitudes of up to 5,500 metres above sea level during the challenge.
He hopes to raise at least £4,000 for Action Medical Research, which funds research into diseases affecting children in the UK.
The former policeman, now an investment consultant, said: “I thought it would be a good way of putting money into this great charity.
“For almost 60 years it has been behind numerous breakthroughs, such as the UK polio vaccine, ultrasound scanning in pregnancy and more recently the fetal heart rate monitor, a new device that could help save thousands of at-risk babies.
“I felt it was a very worthwhile cause.”
Mr Milligan said it was the first time he had ever done anything like this.
He said: “I am a keen scuba diver but this is the first time I have done anything like this to raise money.
“I have been walking five to nine miles a day in the hills to keep fit and break in my boots.
“It is all about keeping fit and maintaining a good diet.
“There is also a lot of immunisation to go through with heading to that part of the world.”
Mr Milligan has so far raised £2,050. He will begin the challenge on November 19.
To sponsor him, visit www.action.org.uk/sponsor/stephenmilligan
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