A MAN from Ellesmere is taking part in a mountain trek to raise money for charity.

Simon Peleszok, who works for TSB in Ellesmere, will be climbing Snowdon next month to raise money for the Severn Hospice, who assisted his family during a difficult time.

Simon said: “In 2012 my son Daniel was born and I now have a daughter called Nancy. As a parent, now I am able to appreciate fully everything my parents did for me and the opportunities they gave me and my brother.

“Sadly, just before Daniel was born my dad died from cancer and then when Daniel was one my mum lost her fight with cancer.

“I struggle sometimes knowing how much they would have loved to be grandparents. My mum was a teacher who could have helped them academically and while always moaning about Shrewsbury Town FC, she would have loved to take Daniel to matches.

“My dad died in Shrewsbury hospital and no disrespect to the wonderful NHS staff but this was really traumatic, as staff were rushing about.

“My experience at Severn Hospice, whilst still being deeply distressing, was made so much easier to handle by the incredible staff and their ability to look after patients and families alike. The environment they create is so much more dignified for someone in their last stages of life. Staff at the hospice looked after my mum and provided phenomenal care. They made her time a lot easier, or as easy as it could be.”

Over 150 staff from TSB, friends and families, will climb Snowden on May 19 with the aim of raising £10,000 for 21 local charities, with Oswestry and Ellesmere branch fundraising for Severn Hospice.