A BUXTON cancer survivor will be swapping the rolling hills of the High Peak for the rugged mountains of the Himalayas as he prepares to embark on a gruelling charity trek.
Jonathan Davey, who has successfully been treated for prostate cancer, is heading out to Central Nepal later this month for a three-week trip which he hopes will raise around £1,000 for Prostate Cancer Support.
The patient-led charity, which acts and speaks for prostate cancer patients and their families, has groups both in the High Peak and nationally.
Jonathan, 63, of Curzon Road, who is a member of the High Peak Prostate Cancer Support Group that meets at Blythe House Hospice in Chapel-en-le-Frith, said: “I’ve found the meetings of the group very helpful and wish to support them so that they can help other people in the future.
“The important thing for me is to raise the profile of prostate cancer so more men can get treated in time and less have to die.”
Organised by Community Action Treks, the trip to the Annapurna Sanctuary area of Nepal is being financially supported by Jonathan himself, with help from the Peak District-based Challenge Cancer Through Adventure organisation, which means all the sponsorship he raises will go to Prostate Cancer Support.
And for the retired safety consultant, it will be a return to a country he first visited back in his early 20s.
“I never went walking there at the time because it was the monsoon season, but I have always said I wanted to go back,” he explained.
“I expect it to be pretty demanding. We will be walking for between five and seven hours every day, for 12 days, and the terrain is very steep and rugged.
“You also have to contend with challenges such as altitude sickness, but I am pretty confident that I will be prepared.”
In the run-up to the trek, Jonathan, who a few years ago took his son trekking through the Romanian mountains, is combining fitness training in the gym with regular 16-miles walks around the Peak District.
People can support Jonathan in his bid to raise £1,000 for Prostate Cancer Support by donating online at www.charitygiving.co.uk/jonathandavey, or alternatively email him at email@example.com.