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Editor to scale Everest for charity in honour of cancer teen

An editor is set to scale part of Mount Everest to raise money for charity.

Phil Hibble, who is responsible for a number of National World weeklies in Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Oxfordshire, is set to climb to Everest Base Camp in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Phil, pictured, is undertaking the climb of more than 5,000 metres, where oxygen levels are half that of sea level, after his friend’s son was diagnosed with leukaemia.

The 44-year-old looks after titles including the Warwick Courier, Kenilworth Weekly News, Harborough Mail and Banbury Guardian.

Phil Hibble

He told Warwickshire World: “This year, my friend’s 15-year-old son, Thomas, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and has undergone rounds of chemotherapy – something that no child should have to go through.

“I would like to use this challenge to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, who do so much to help children in Thomas’s situation. The costs of the trip and all the equipment are covered so all money raised will go to the charity.

“It will be an amazing experience and a chance to get close to the world’s highest mountain. But I know it will be tough work, especially for someone on the wrong side of 40.”

“I am not sure what will slow me down the most – the altitude sickness or my dodgy back.”

The challenge will take place between 11 and 25 November. Donations to Phil’s cause can be made here.