A WINSFORD funeral director is aiming to raise funds for a Northwich-based charity by climbing Europe’s highest mountain.

Dave Fowles will climb over snow covered rocks and glaciers to reach Mount Elbrus’ 18,500 foot peak for The Joshua Tree charity, which helps children living with cancer.

On Wednesday, June 20, he sets off to Russia for 10 days to complete the challenge of climbing one of the world’s Seven Summits which is being funded by the family business, Fowles Funeral Services, in Delamere Street.

Dave said: “Whatever I have to do to get up to the top of Elbrus is nothing compared to what the families and children looked after by the Joshua Tree charity go through every minute of every day. It is a fantastic charity doing amazing work and they need all the help we can give them”.

The 46-year-old has been training hard for this climb, doing regular climbs in Wales as well as the 34 miles of the Cheshire’s sandstone trail.

He has previously climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Peru’s Machu Picchu for charity.

Upon reaching the top of the mountain, Dave will plant a flag with logos from the local and national businesses who have generously supported him.

Follow Dave’s progress on the ‘Fowles Funeral Services’ Facebook page. To give a donation, go to justgiving.com/Elbrusorbust-joshuatree.