A VETERAN Hereford ‘mountaineer’ is nearing the top of his own personal Everest.

In October last year, inspired by the spirit of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore, 90-year-old Alan Blake embarked on a fundraising project to boost the coffers of Parkinson’s, Burghill Parish Church and Rotary.

By completing each 120-step circuit of his steep riverside garden, Alan would chalk off the equivalent of various local and international hills and mountain ranges.

To date, although hindered by periods of ill-health and painful rheumatoid arthritis, he has ‘climbed’ the Blorenge, the Sugar Loaf, the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons, Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis, the Matterhorn, the Eiger and Mount Cook.

Now, with more than 60,000 steps completed, he is nearing the top of his finale, Everest.

To date, he has raised more than £19,600 for the causes dear to his heart.

Alan has been a member of the City of Hereford Rotary Club for more than 50 years and has been supporting and caring for his wife who has had Parkinson’s for over two decades.

Alan is hoping to hit the £50,000-mark by the time he completes his mission, so if you would like to support him in his bid to raise funds for his good causes, then please visit