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Climbing a mountain in memory of much-missed Darlington mum
A NORTH-EAST man has scaled one of the world’s most challenging mountains in aid of the charity that cared for his mother.
Darren Norcup, from Darlington, decided to raise funds for St Teresa’s Hospice as part of his latest adventure – climbing Mont Blanc.
The seasoned climber and mountaineer chose to tackle the highest mountain in the European Union last month, in memory of his mother, Pamela.
The hospice provided vital care for Mrs Norcup and her family in the final weeks and months of her life.
Mr Norcup and his team made it to within 200m of the 4,810m summit, but were forced to descend when conditions turned exceptionally dangerous.
He said: “The temperature dropped to -30C and the winds were over 60mph.
“We were climbing for seven hours at a time – we couldn’t stop, we had to keep moving.
“It was difficult, but I knew it wasn’t nearly as difficult and painful as things can be for people living with cancer, so I kept going.”
So far, Mr Norcup has raised more than £2,000 for the hospice from this climb, as well as thousands from his previous expeditions, including the notorious Bob Graham Round.
To sponsor him, visit justgiving.com/darren-norcup1
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