A BARNSLEY man has raised over £4,500 for The Institute of Cancer Research after climbing four mountains in Ecuador.

Matt Kay, 33, of Lady Croft Lane, Hemingfield, travelled to the South American country to tackle the four peaks - culminating in a ten-hour climb of Mount Cotapaxi, the country's second highest summit.

With 86 reported eruptions, the 19,347ft Cotapaxi is also one of Ecuador's most active volcanoes.

Matt, who works in Halifax, completed the ascents with friends who he met on a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro three years ago.

"It was tougher than the Kilimanjaro climb," said Matt. "We had bad weather on the night before the Cotapaxi ascent with snow and a -20ºC wind.

"In the past I've raised money for other cancer charities, all of which have helped support people who are suffering with the disease and their families.

"My mum died of cancer when I was young. I never knew her and don't have any memories that involve her so I don't want anyone else to grow up like that, hence I'm climbing more big mountains to hopefully raise funds."  

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