Teen cadet takes on trek

CASTLEFORD teen Declan Rogers will battle the elements when he treks through the Himalayas as part of a special expedition.

The 15-year-old Castleford Sea Cadet is one of just 19 cadets and six adult instructors from Yorkshire and Humberside who have been chosen to join in the challenging Cadet Forces’ expedition.

Declan and the team will set off at the end of July – after undertaking a 12-month training programme – to spend four weeks trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas, before a final ascent of Kala Patthar, where the team will reach an altitude of 6,000 metres.

Declan said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I can’t believe that in under six months’ time I’m going to be in the heart of the world’s highest mountain range, trekking across an unbelievable landscape, in what could be quite harsh conditions – even in summer the temperatures can reach -10 overnight.

“However, we have been preparing for the conditions on the trail and training hard, and we’re aiming to be at the peak of our physical condition before departure.

“With the help of our instructors I’m confident we’ll be ready for anything the expedition may throw at us.”

Declan needs to raise more than £1,200 to help fund the trip, and has organised a range of fundraising activities including sponsored events and bag packing.

To help raise money for Declan, email Col David Fuller at difuller@hsyacf.org.uk or call the county headquarters on 01377 253548.