A BUSINESS consultant will be flying the flag for a good cause when he attempts to climb to Everest base camp.

Mitchell Smith is attempting the gruelling trek in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK.

Mr Smith, who runs Newcastle-based Diagnostic Management Services Ltd, is working with Darlington firm Bondgate IT, which is supporting his charity effort.

The 54-year-old is hoping to plant Bondgate's flag in the shadow of the world's highest mountain.

He has already raised £4,100 for the charity as part of the Everest challenge in memory of his late father Frederick, who was badly affected by the disease.

He said: "I’ll be spending at least 14 days at altitude, so this is definitely my toughest charity challenge to date”.

“I’m grateful for the generosity of so many people – including Garry Brown and Bondgate IT – in helping raise vital funds for research into this devastating disease which blights the lives of so many families in this region.

“I’ve covered more than 1,000 miles in training and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead – although I hope to avoid suffering altitude sickness, which is a common problem.”

Mr Brown said: “Mitchell has been working with Bondgate IT as part of our strategy to grow the business and I’m delighted to sponsor his endeavours – especially as he’s taking a Bondgate IT flag to Everest!" Everyone here wishes him the very best of luck.”

Anyone wishing to donate or follow the Everest challenge can visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MitchellSmith