John’s on a high altitude trek in Nepal to raise cash for Macmillan hospice

A CHEADLE police officer is walking more than 50 miles in mountainous Nepal to raise funds for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Blurton.

PCSO Mark Bridgwood, who is part of the Staffordshire Moorlands Local Policing Team, is trekking more than 13,000 feet above sea level in the central Himlayan country in southern Asia.

Mark, 56, has friends who have been cared for at the ‘Dougie Mac’ and has supported the Stoke-on-Trent hospice since 2006.

I have done walks and cycle rides for them and every penny counts as they do such good work,” said Mark.

Mark’s brother, John, died from cancer at a hospice in Lancashire in 2000, aged 44, and he undertakes his fundraising expeditions in his memory.

Intrepid Mark, who has served in RAF, is spending nine days completing the Annapurna Base Camp trek. It will take him 13,549ft above sea level and will test his ability to combat altitude sickness.

Mark’s previous expeditions include tackling the dizzy heights of Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341ft) in 2015 and Earth’s highest mountain, Mount Everest (29,035ft), in 2013.

Pictured: The Annapurna Base Camp situated in the heart of the mountainous region of Nepal.