Charles Dewhurst gets set to take on Everest in aid of The Leanne Fund charity

A former Isle of Lewis resident is taking on the world’s highest mountain in an effort to raise funds for The Leanne Fund.
Charles Dewhurst, former employee of Duncan Mackay and Sons Ltd, is undertaking a trek to Everest base camp at 17,600ft - or ultimately 19,600ft where his insurance runs out, Camp 1 - to raise funds for The Leanne Fund and St Abbs Independent Lifeboat.
Fifty-six-year-old Charles, who now works for Scottish Water’s alliance partner Caledonia Water Alliance, is in training to climb higher than base camp on Mount Everest in December.

He said: “My friend and former work colleague, Willie Mitchell’s daughter, Leanne, passed away from Cystic Fibrosis. She was only 21.
“I want to raise money for the charity set up in her memory. The charity provides funding to support for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers in the Highlands, Grampians and Western Isles.”
Bottles of Scottish Water’s drinking water are being used to help Charles train as he has been carrying water bottles to replicate the weight of the rucksack which he will have to carry up the mountain.
Charles trains every day and his fitness regime, at Anytime Fitness in Bishopbriggs, is gruelling to ensure he is fit enough to climb the 19,600 feet he aims for – the height is a little over six Ben Nevis’ stacked on top of each other.
He said: “Not so long ago I would have laughed at the idea that the words fitness, gym and Charles appeared in the same sentence, now I find using the weight of bottled Scottish Water a perfect way to replicate the load I will be carrying.”
Scottish Water’s Alliance Manager, Gerry Kelly, commented: “Scottish Water is really pleased that Charles has found another use for our bottled water.
“We’ve also given him a smaller Scottish Water bottle so he can drink some of our water during his trek in Nepal.”
And Chrisella Mitchell from The Leanne Fund added: “We wish Charles all the very best for his amazing challenge and we are so grateful to him for choosing to support The Leanne Fund.”
Further details about Charles’ trek can be found at www.trektoeverest.co.uk
And you can support his fundraising venture by visiting: www.justgiving.com/teams/climbtoeverest
To find out more about the work of The Leanne Fund, please visit www.theleannefund.co.uk