Ross aims to tackle mountainous challenge for Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech
A man who is receiving life-saving treatment in Wisbech is set to take on a mountainous challenge for charity.
Ross Sargent is set to completed the three peaks challenge climbing the UK's three highest mountains: Snowden, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike in the Lake District next week.
The father of two sons, William, six and five-month-old Seth, was diagnosed with a rare blood deficiency called haemochromatosis after passing out at the wheel of his car just before Christmas, is hoping he will be able to complete the task.
His aim is t raise at least £1,000 for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity's Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech where he receives regular life-saving blood transfusions.
Married to Rochelle, Ross, 28, actually lives in Ramsey but has been receiving his treatment in Wisbech since his diagnosis.
He said: "I was sent to the Alan Hudson as a stop gap and was then told I could go to Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, but there's no way I would swap.
"The treatment I receive at the Alan Hudson is absolutely fantastic, the staff are so caring and take an interest in you.
"They are always at the end of the phone, all the nurses are friendly and so professional, although treatment is not really my cup of tea they are there to talk to you and make it so much better and do anything to make you as comfortable as possible."
Ross's condition has left him feeling lethargic and he has been told he should give up his work as a landscape gardener, but he said: "I'm not the sort of person to just give up. Yes I feel tired sometimes, and I suffer heart flutters and I have the start of arthritis in my joints, but I'm going to carry on working as long as I can.
"I'm doing this challenge with seven friends on May 25 who are travelling from all over the country to join me including Shropshire, Wales and Kent and I'm hoping they will help me get through it if the going gets tough, but whatever happens I'm determined to complete the challenge because it is for such a worthwhile cause.
"Without the Arthur Rank and the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre I wouldn't still be here. There is no cure for haemochromatosis, which means I will have to have life long treatment and I’m sure like many other patients we would very much like to be able to have it at the Alan Hudson Day Treratment Centre always so the more money we can raise the better
To donate you can visit Ross's Gofundme page here.
For further information, please visit www.arhc.org.uk