A WEB manager will be reaching new heights this month when he takes on his ‘biggest ever challenge’ – climbing The Matterhorn.
Harvey Monaghan, 44, is taking on the challenge to raise much-needed funds for brain tumour research after his mum lost her battle with the disease two year ago.
“Only two per cent of cancer research funding goes towards brain tumour research so I thought it was important to try and raise money for this vital cause,” said Harvey, who works for Chichester District Council and lives in Bognor Regis.
“More children and adults aged under 40 die of a brain tumour than any other cancer.
“It costs £3,000 a day to fund a team in Portsmouth to carry out research into this type of cancer – and so to be able to achieve this amount would be fantastic and a massive achievement.
“It is also great to know that I am playing my part in helping to beat this horrific disease in my mum’s memory.”
At 14,690ft high, the Matterhorn is arguably one of the most recognisable mountains in the world, due to its unique triangular shape.
Towering above the Swiss town of Zermatt, the mountain is considered difficult to ascend by any route and was one of the last Alpine mountains to be climbed.
Harvey will take the route which has the same climbing grade as the south face of Everest. There is only a one-month window annually when it is considered safe to climb.
To prepare for the challenge, which will take around 18 hours to complete, Harvey has been in training for six months.
He has been attending regular classes, including circuits and yoga at Westgate Leisure, and competed in the Natures Way Triathlon Series in the city in July.
Harvey will spend one week acclimatising in the Southern Alps before joining a small team on the second week to train on some more technical peaks.
Weather permitting, he hopes to complete his self-funded climb and reach the summit during the early hours of Friday, August 23.
To sponsor Harvey, visit www.justgiving.com/thematterhorn.