A MAN with terminal cancer has given his grandson the thumbs up to climb Mount Everest base camp and raise money for a hospital charity.

Tom Brooke will be accompanied on the 18,500ft ascent by pal James Hoyland, of Darfield.

They're taking on the challenge to raise more than £6,000 for Weston Park Hospital after Tom's grandfather Leslie Dransfield, 70, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Tom, 24, was bound for the Everest base camp alone - until teaching assistant James, 25, offered him company for the challenge.

"It won't be an easy ride we know that much and the temperatures at night drop to below -40 degrees," said Tom.

The duo will set off in October and will be away for 17 days, 13 of which will be spent getting to the mountain's base camp, on the border between Nepal and Tibet.

The lads need to find £3,000 each to cover the costs of the trip and anything raised over that will go to the hospital.

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