A FORMER travel boss from Oswestry is set to climb the equivalent height of the world’s tallest mountain to raise funds for a Shropshire-based cancer charity which has helped him since his diagnosis.

Ron Morgan, who previously managed Fourwinds Travel in Oswestry and Powys Travel in Welshpool, was diagnosed with grade four bowel cancer in 2015 and a terminal prognosis.

Since then, he has undergone a series of treatments at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and the Lingen Davies Centre in Shrewsbury.

Ron is now hoping to raise funds for the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund after his treatment, as well as Severn Hospice.

His wife, Diane, will be joining him during his challenge to climb the UK’s highest mountains enough times to equate the height of Mount Everest.

Diane said: “The work of liver surgeons at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and the colorectal surgeon in Shrewsbury helped to give Ron a lifeline.

“He was then treated at the Lingen Davies Centre in Shrewsbury, where they were able to shrink the tumour in his liver to allow an operation at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to progress and succeed.

“Over the last five years following the liver operation and bowel surgery resulting in an ileostomy, it has become necessary to have further procedures and chemotherapy the latest finishing in January this year.

“Each treatment allowing the opportunity of respite and life, the experience and wonderful care and advice given by the staff of the Lingen Davies Centre in Shrewsbury have been outstanding and you are made to feel like the staff are an extension of your family, always caring for you and wanting the best for you.”

Ron with his ever-supportive wife, between scans to monitor his cancer, will be attempting the climbs.

He hopes to stay well and fit enough to achieve his goal of combining local and national peaks including Snowdon, Pen Y Fan, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis.

To complete the challenge, the pair will be looking to climb more than 29,000 feet.

They have set a target of raising £1 for each metre they climb to benefit the Lingen Davies Centre in its current appeal for a dedicated CT Scanner and an extension to include three new clinics.

They are also raising funds for Severn Hospice to support the charity as it continues to help families and individuals who have been affected by illness.

To follow the progress made throughout the challenge by Ron and Diane, visit www.facebook.com/Climbing-Everest-in-the-UK-102783361537917

If you would like to donate to the pair’s fundraising efforts, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RonaldMorgan2