A WEARSIDE serviceman led a charity expedition to the summit of one of the highest peaks in the world.
Sergeant Lee Birbeck, of RAF 12 Squadron, and originally from Houghton, was in charge of a team who got to the top of Mera Peak, the highest trekking peak in Nepal, south Asia.
Sgt Birbeck, 36, a former Argyle House School pupil, was part of the 12-strong group who battled through the 11-day challenge, braving temperatures of -40°C to reach heights of 21,000ft.
The team has been hoping to raise £12,000 for local and national charities.
Proud mum Elsie, 67, said: “Even though Lee’s done 14 tours of the Gulf, he says this was one of the hardest things he’s faced.
“To climb Mera Peak was something that was on his wish-list, so he’s really pleased to have completed it.”
To donate, go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/12sqn.