A MAN from Bicester will be climbing Mount Everest next weekend to raise money for a homeless charity.

Leo Bowers, known to friends and family as Lee, hopes to raise £1,500 for Shelter, a homelessness charity.

He will be taking on the challenge on Sunday, November 6 starting with a bus trip from Kathmandu before walking for two days to reach the Everest base camp.

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Mr Bowers then hopes to walk up and down the 8,849m mountain within 15 days.

“I lost my parents quite close over together,” he said. “I looked after my father who had liver cancer throughout coronavirus pandemic - I was there till the end.

“Since then, I have taken my bike test and ridden over 1,000 miles around the UK coast and took my skippers licence in Greece and sailed around ten Greek islands to raise money Macmillan Cancer Support.

“I walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trek through The Pyrenees in Spain to the coast of Portugal raising £3,000.

“Now, I am undertaking my biggest challenge for Shelter for children and families who are homeless.

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“I will fly to Kathmandu Nepal, take a nine-hour bus and then walk to Everest base camp before walking 29,000ft high - hopefully taking 15 days.”

To donate to Mr Bowers fundraiser, visit: justgiving.com/page/leo-bowers-1666180342892


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

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