Brian’s hike of a lifetime

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CHATTERIS dad Brian Hill is set to trek up Britain’s highest mountain next month to raise vital funds for charity.

Brian, who works for print company Ricoh, is preparing to climb Ben Nevis, which stands at more than 1,344m above sea level, over three days in September in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Brian and his wife Karen’s son Edwrd (10) was born with CF and has to have physiotherapy to help keep his lungs clear.

“He is a happy chap and is quite healthy at the moment. He is always on the go and enjoys a lot of activities from band playing to swimming and dancing,” said Brian, who has previously undertaken a tandem parachute jump for the charity when Edward was still a toddler.

“I have been talking about doing something else for the trust but couldn’t decide what to do, then my wife spotted the chance to trek up Ben Nevis and suggested I do that,” said Brian, whose training for the hike of a life-time includes taking the stairs rather than the lift at work.

Thirty-eight-year-old Brian expects to complete the trek in about six hours but will be away from home for three days between September 14 and 16.

He said: “I am taking part to raise money and awareness of this condition which is a daily struggle for my son. I’d like a cure to be found for this illness to help not only my son but other people living with Cystic Fibrosis too”.

Brian initially set a target of £500 but he has already past that total and has now set out to hit the £750 mark.

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Money raised will help fund research into treating and curing CF. It will also help provide support, advice and appropriate clinical care to the 9,000 babies, children and adults with Cystic Fibrosis in the UK.