Friends in epic Everest adventure

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TWO Peterhead friends will be undertaking a 16,000ft trek to Everest’s base camp later this month as part of a fundraising challenge.

Stuart Ritchie and Ian Hardie, both 22, will undertake the epic challenge in aid of the Peter Brunt Clinic at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

They will leave for Kathmandu on September 28, returning home on October 14, having trekked for 13 days straight.

Stuart told the Buchanie: “Ever since I travelled to Peru in 2006 I’ve always wanted to do another expedition to a different part of the world.

“When Ian suggested trekking to Everest base camp with him, we both decided to go for it.

“Preparations are going well, with continuous physical training and fundraising.

“Training includes attending the gym four to six days a week or also going out on 10k runs around Aberdeen.

“We are currently using Facebook to help spread the word about the expedition, which has so far raised us around £1,500 online and the same offline.

“But we are looking for companies and businesses to sponsor us by giving money to our charity. In return we are having t-shirts designed to advertise all company logos that have helped us raise money.”

The Peter Brunt Clinic, a one-stop centre for patients with liver or gastro-intestinal conditions, and Stuart hopes that the event will raise awareness of what the clinic does.

He explained their friend Chris Spencer was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis two years ago aged 20 and the clinic played a vital part in his recovery.

Stuart said: “We would like to raise as much money as possible for the unit. We’ve left the doors open for them to use the money where they need it most, but hopefully into reasearch and buying new equipment.

“Chris is now back at work full-time, eight months after leaving hospital.”

To donate to the cause visit www.justgiving.com/StuartRitchie 11