A NORTH East man is climbing towards a fundraising summit, as he battles to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease.

 

Tim Hakim, 47, who himself lives with the progressive condition, is taking on the mammoth challenge of climbing the North face of the Eiger mountain in Switzerland, and has set a target to raise £1million for vital research into the disease.  The ascent would represent a tough challenge for someone at peak fitness, so is a huge undertaking for Tim, who lives with the debilitating effects of the condition.

Tim, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s three years ago, has organised a number of events and initiatives, which are helping him move towards his fundraising target.  The most recent, a screening of The Eiger Sanction, in the Forum Cinema in Hexham, raised more than £400 in Box Office receipts, donations after the screening and online donations.  In a matter of weeks, Tim has raised £2,000, but hopes to up the ante as his climb gets closer. 

Tim has been a keen mountaineer for the last 30 years, and has long harboured an ambition to take on the Eiger.  He is determined to tackle the 13,000-foot mountain, while he is physically able to do so and has been backed by Sunderland business Berghaus, with climbing gear provided to help him along the way.

Tim said: “Fundraising is going really well and I have had tremendous support from my friends and family to raise even more money for such a good cause.  It’s been truly incredible to see how people have rallied around to get behind me.

 “The most recent event was a great way of raising more money, and I’m thrilled to have had such fantastic support.”

 Tim will be setting off to climb the mountain in March 2017 and expects it to take three to four days, led by a qualified guide.  For a long time, climbing the North face of Eiger was considered impossibly hard but was eventually climbed in 1938. 

To sponsor Tim, visit his online giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/ParkinsonsNorthFaceClimb 

The funds raised by Tim will allow Parkinson’s UK to continue with its vital research work to find a cure, and improve the lives of the 127,000 people living in the UK who are affected by Parkinson’s.

For further information on events taking place in the local area visit www.parkinsons.org.uk/events or email fundraising@parkinsons.org.uk.