A poultry farmer from Baxenden has plucked up the courage to take on the world’s highest peak.
Paul Starkie, 44, is aiming to complete a ten-day trek next month which will see him walk for between six and seven hours a day to reach Everest base camp, 18,000 feet above sea level.
Back Lane resident Paul has feelings of excitement and trepidation about his journey.
Paul said: “I decided that I wanted to challenge myself after reading about a friend of mine trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro. I recruited a close friend Neil Sarsfield, who now lives in Barrie, Canada. Between us we came up with the idea of trekking to Mount Everest base camp, as Neil had wanted to do this from childhood.”
As part of his climb Paul will be raising money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of his father-in-law and boss Peter Ashburner, who died of heart failure in 2007.
Paul said: “I am hoping to raise £1,000 for the charity. It’s an attainable target and I know my father-in-law would be proud.
“To get ready for the trek I have been doing a fair amount of walking and mountain biking.
“There are ten of us in the group and it is supposed to take about 16 days to complete.”
Paul is due to fly to Kathmandu, Nepal on Friday, March 22.
Following the trek Paul will be joined by his wife Anne in Kathmandu for a well-earned holiday.
To donate to Paul’s appeal visit justgiving.com/poultrypaul.