Two friends from the Louth area will be taking on the challenge of a lifetime next week as they attempt to conquer the highest mountain in Western Europe.
Mill House owner Lee Austin, 46, from Covenham St Bartholomew, and Dave Parker, 49, from Grainthorpe, will be tackling Mont Blanc in the Alps during their week-long trek.
Before taking on the 15,781 feet Mont Blanc, the pair will first climb Gran Paradiso in Italy to acclimatise to the high altitude. At 13,323 feet, conquering this mountain alone will be no mean feat.
However, the pair are taking on the two-pronged challenge for a good cause, as they are raising money for the Louth and District Hospice.
Lee and Dave, who have been climbing together for over five years, will set off on their challenge from the Mill House restaurant on June 17. The pair have already raised around £1,200.
Lee said: “We are very grateful for the donations that we have received from friends and members of the public.
“We are over the moon to have raised as much as we have so far. The Louth Hospice does a great job helping local people in need of their services.
“If anybody else can dig deep and make a donation, we will more than appreciate it.”
Dave added: “It wasn’t originally going to be for charity as we didn’t want the pressure, but it’s for a good local cause and we hope to raise as much as possible.”
John Petchell, volunteer at the hospice, said: “We are delighted that Lee and Dave nominated the hospice as their chosen charity for their epic challenge. We wish them success in their adventure and a safe return home.”
You can sponsor Lee and Dave at www.justgiving.com/thealpinechallenge-AustinParker