John Spanswick, aged 43 from Brackla, Bridgend will be undertaking a Charity Trek to the Base Camp of Mount Everest between September 29th. and October 15th 2006 to raise funds on behalf of Cancer Research U.K. and The Stroke Association. The full cost of the trip is being paid for out of his own funds and therefore all money raised will be going to the charities concerned.
“I have never undertaken an event such as this before, and apart from having a full time job as an Area Parks Manager with Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council, I have mainly concentrated on working within the local community. I represent the Brackla ward as a County Borough Councillor at Bridgend County Borough Council, and also a Community Councillor, serve as an L.E.A. Governor at Brynteg Comprehensive School, and produce a Community News column for the local Gazette newspaper. I am married to Susan and we have 3 teenage children Gareth 19, Craig 16 and Sarah-Jane 13.”
“This event will clearly be a real challenge to my fitness levels and also the endurance of walking to height of 5,560 metres with the corresponding reduced levels of oxygen due to the extreme altitude being reached. It is estimated that at this altitude the amount of oxygen available to breath in the air will be reduced to around 50% of that at sea level. Therefore every activity will be much more demanding and even the most simple tasks will be a test of both my physical and mental fitness.”