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Fundraiser plans ambitious hike

Posted 9 November 2012
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Fundraiser plans ambitious hike
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Kirkby resident David Cantrell is embarking on a trek across the Peak District to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

The challenge, which is due to begin on June 15th next year, will see him take on six major mountains, before he makes a return journey in the same direction, the Mansfield and Ashfield Chad reports.

He is to travel across Kinder Scout - the highest of the peaks at 636 metres - Brown Knoll and Mam Tor, the latter two towering at 569 metres and 517 metres respectively, meaning the fundraiser could benefit from some climbing gear.

In support of Chad's and King's Mill Hospital's MRI Scanner appeal, Mr Cantrell is hoping he will finish the 40-mile excursion within 36 hours.

The health assistant - who works at the Lindhurst Ward at Mansfield Community Hospital in Derbyshire - stated it is a case of mind over matter and he is determined to complete the challenge, but he may also want to invest in some sturdy walking boots to help him on his way.

He was quoted as saying: "I know the importance of having the best medical equipment and my son recently had to have an MRI scan so this is the perfect charity to be supporting."

This will not be the first time Mr Cantrell has met the peaks - in September, he successfully walked the initial stage of his upcoming trip in order to raise cash for Ashgate Hospital in Chesterfield.

According to the hiker, once this challenge is over he will be looking for a new test of endurance and another charity appeal to fundraise for.

"I just need local businesses and people to sponsor me now and help make this fundraiser a big success," he concluded.

This follows the news that radiologists from King's Mill Hospital's MRI unit are judging potential replacements for the institution's current scanner.