A FORMER soldier is climbing the highest mountain in the world for a good cause.
David Reid saw his share of action in the Royal Logistics Corps, before taking a change in career.
Now the 41-year-old security manager plans to scale Mount Everest, to raise more than £20,000 for charity.
David, of Eastlea, Seaham, will take on the 29,029ft peak, in the Himalayas, in November, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.
He will join up to 20 people on the mission, arranged by Action Challenge.
The charity champs will have to battle extreme weather and altitude sickness.
David, who works at Tesco in Bishop Auckland, said: “I’ve done a lot of extreme things before through the Army, like Arctic survival and jungle training.
“I’m doing a lot of endurance training, cross training and aerobics, as there will be nine to 10 hours a day of trekking.
“I need to raise £4,000 to £5,000 a month before I go.”
He has asked North East football clubs for help with fund-raising, and has been given four tickets for a stadium tour of Middlesbrough’s ground, which he plans on raffling. He is also waiting for a Sunderland Council street collection pass.
To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/davereid1969.