Football League groundsman has a mountain to climb

A FOOTBALL League groundsman is getting ready to pitch up at one of the world’s biggest and most imposing mountains – to raise money for a cancer charity.

In June, Wes Friedel will fly out with around 30 others to Tanzania, to begin a seven-day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain on Earth.

He will climb 19,340ft to the African mountain’s summit, camping in sub-zero temperatures, and in the process will raise vital funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care – the Football League’s charity of the season.

WGC resident Wes, a volunteer groundsman at League Two outfit Barnet FC and owner of garden maintenance franchise Lawnscience, decided to take up the daunting challenge following his own experiences with the deadly disease.

At the age of 20 he underwent 12 hours of surgery to remove a malignant tumour the size of a golf ball from the roof of his mouth.

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“Marie Curie were the first organisation to offer support outside of the hospital,” said Wes, now 30.

“At the time I was ill I said I would one day undertake a challenge to repay the help and support I was given.”

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To take part in the challenge, Wes needs to raise a minimum of �3,750, and is asking businesses, schools and generous residents to donate either cash or raffle prizes to help him get over the line.

“This is a massive challenge and I ask every one of you to get behind me in any way possible,” said Wes, from Ingles.

“If you would like to donate money, offer help or donate a raffle prize I would be most grateful no matter how big or small.”

To help Wes get to Mount Kilimanjaro, call 07894 111178 or email

You can donate directly to the cause by visiting his Justgiving site, at the link above.

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