A pensioner is preparing to climb Mount Everest for the first time as part of a two-month expedition – leaving a day after his 73rd birthday.
Saleem Akhtar will join expedition leader Tim Mosedale for the 29,000ft ascent on March 29 – but only if he can find sponsorship before March 15.
He is appealing for companies or individuals to donate towards the £45,000 he needs to cover sherpers, food, insurance and a £16,300 permit required by the Nepalese authorities.
The married grandfather of nine, of The Middle Way, in Wealdstone, Harrow, said: “Whoever has got it in their heart to sponsor me, for my part, I can take their product or company to the top of the world – literally.”
The retired post office master climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, Africa, at the age of 69, celebrating his birthday en route.
He said: “It was such a satisfying feeling. It will mean a hell of a lot if I can do it again.”
This time around, Mr Akhar is aiming to raise £10,000 – independent of any sponsorship funding – for the same charity, as well as the Great Ormond Street Hospital, in Bloomsbury, London.
He has been training by completing various treks, including three stints in the Alps and a blistery venture in the Scottish highlands.
He said: “I'm quite fit so I'm looking forward to it and feeling prepared.
“I'll be the oldest person in the world outside Japan and Nepal to do it if I'm successful.
“For my part I'm feeling ready.”
Mr Akhtar will also run the inaugural Vitality North London Half Marathon on March 15, through which he is hoping to raise another £2,000 for IKCA.
To donate, visit his JustGiving page.