A MAN from Elsecar is set to climb the world's tallest free-standing mountain next year.

Mark Taylor, 27, along with five people from Manchester, will be climbing Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro - which stands at over 19,000 feet.

The climb is being done in aid of charity and money raised will go to The Christie, a Manchester-based charity.

The Christie is the largest cancer centre in Europe and is internationally renowned for its treatment and research of cancer.

The six climbers will be flying out to Tanzania on February 7 to begin a ten-day journey to the summit of Kilimanjaro and will face varying temperatures and risk of hypothermia.

During time on his previous climbing attempts at the likes of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon, Mark met a woman called Nikki who was diagnosed with breast cancer after the climbs and was told it was incurable.

She is still fighting over 18 months later and in the last few months she has gathered an army of people to raise money for The Christie.

Mark said: "The majority of the team, like myself, have been affected by some form of cancer, whether it be personally or through family and friends.

"Our team of around 15 volunteers have pledges to raise a minimum of £30,000 but we feel confident we can raise £50,000."

To help raise the money, three fundraising events have been set up at the Fitzwilliam Arms in Elsecar.

On June 1 there will be race night and live band, on September 7 a family fun day including live bands and a barbecue, and on October 5 there will be a poker night.