Published: 05/05/2005, Volume II5, No. 5954 Page 29
Stewart Naylor, asset and patient environment officer at St Luke's Hospital, Middlesbrough, is dusting off his walking boots in preparation for a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania this September to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief.
'I have previously completed a nine-day trek in Iceland and I love walking, so I am fairly fit. I often go strolling in the Yorkshire Moors, which gives me a good workout. I also walk the 10 miles home from work once a week - anything more than that and I would be knackered.' Stewart started fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Relief after his aunt contracted breast cancer and had a double mastectomy.
He hopes to raise£3,000 for the charity by climbing the 5,896m mountain in seven days, walking for seven hours a day.
'The scariest thing that could happen to me would be to have an epileptic fit.
Although I haven't had one for 20-odd years, the low oxygen levels could set me off, ' he says. 'But my GP talked me into going and even sponsored me, which brought me up to the£1,000 mark - so only£2,000 more to go!' To pledge your sponsorship, send a cheque payable to Macmillan Cancer Relief to Stewart Naylor, St Luke's Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough TS1 3AF.