Father to climb Everest for his son Rue
PUBLISHED: 12:16 28 August 2019
A Clevedon dad will climb part of Mount Everest to raise money for a charity which helps his son who was born with part of his arm missing.
Lee Harvey is setting off on the 18-day trek on September 26, which will see him scale heights of almost 18,000ft to reach Everest Base Camp.
Lee, aged 36, is raising money for Reach - a charity which helps people with upper limb deficiencies.
His and Lara's son Rue, aged five, was born with his lower left arm missing and Reach has been such a great support to them, the charity has become 'an extension of our family', according to Lee.
Lee has also become the local branch co-ordinator and organises meetings with families and activities for children.
He said: "Reach has helped us a lot. It supports people mentally, because it's the not knowing which can be scary, and it helps with all the doubts and worries families have.
"I organise two events a year for the children around this area to meet up with families and siblings and we often have a day out. It enables parents to meet other parents and talk about how they feel."
Reach pays for weekends away where children are picked up from their homes and taken to a camp where they take part in a variety of activities including canoeing and orienteering.
Lee said: "We've found a lot of children in his position are very independent as they just get on with it and figure things out for themselves.
"Rue can do his shoes up and use cutlery, he always challenges himself to do it on his own."
Lee will trek from Nepal to Everest Base Camp over 18 days.
He has self-funded the trip so all the money raised through sponsorship will go straight to Reach.
Nailsea's @theGym is letting Lee use the facilities to train for the challenge for free.
He said: "I'm really looking forward to it. I've never done anything like this before.
"I'm just a bit worried about altitude sickness."
Lee would also like to thank the local businesses who have supported him so far.
To sponsor Lee and donate to Reach, visit www.wonderful.org/fundraiser/everestbasecamptrekforreach-ce282af1
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