A Castletown man is to tackle the three highest mountain peaks in North Africa to raise money for the services charity Help for Heroes.
Lee Notman who is 31 and lives at Close Rushen in the town was spurred on to the challenge after a childhood friend was seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
‘I come from Plymouth originally and it was my ambition to join the military when I left school but unfortunately I failed the eye-sight test,’ he said.
‘But about six years ago a friend from Plymouth was out in Afghanistan when he was injured by a bomb and he lost both legs and an arm.
‘His case was widely reported in the media and he is seen a lot. He has been so inspirational in the way he has coped with it that I wanted to raise money for the charity.’
The aim is to travel out to do the challenge in September and before then he has to raise a minimum of £2,500, half of which is to go to the Help the Heroes charity and half towards some of the expenses on the trek.
The trek starts and ends in Marrakech and the peaks form part of the Central Atlas Mountains which are M’Goun, Ouanoukrim and Toubkal, each of them around 10,000 feet in height.
‘I do quite a lot of walking and camping but I’m starting to do more training now starting by walking from Castletown to Peel,’ he said.
As part of his fundraising effort he has already been sponsored by colleagues at Canada Life in Castletown to have the Help for Heroes logo tattooed on his arm, raising £300.
The trek will take him away from his wife Tina and three sons, one of whom will be just five months old at that time, for 10 days.
‘She is proud and excited for me though,’ he said.
Next fundraiser is a race night on March 1 at Castletown Football Club. Tickets for this event are on sale at £10 and anyone wanting them or more information can contact Lee on 395469 or see his web page www.bmycharity.com/leeroy