A Lancaster businessman is about to take on one of the highest mountains in the world to raise money for a homeless charity.
Darren Mills, 39, aims to raise £10,000 for Lancaster District Homeless Action Service (LDHAS), with a trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Africa, on February 1.
Darren, who is originally from Lancaster but now lives in Burton-in-Kendal, said he wanted to help those less fortunate than him.
He set up his own IT Recruitment business – IT Works Resource Group – in Preston 10 years ago, and now employs 40 people at five businesses including one in Atlanta, USA.
Darren, who is married with one son, Sebastian, five, said: “ A couple of years ago I started working as a volunteer at the Lancaster homeless shelter.
“The only motivation was to give something back to my city because I know how fortunate I am with my company and wanted to help less fortunate people than me.
“I regard myself as having been fairly fortunate in both my business and personal life.
“I know, however, that not everyone has been as lucky as me and I decided a few years ago that I wanted to give something back to the community in which I was raised by getting actively involved in a local charity.
“I started volunteering with LDHAS about two years ago and have continued to work with their fundraising team ever since.
“The charity is a drop-in centre that provides hot meals and support to homeless people in and around Lancaster. It helps them develop life skills, with the long-term aim of finding them permanent housing.
“However, it is not a hostel and with the cold, dark nights at this time of year, life is incredibly tough for the homeless who have to find warmth and shelter.”
Darren said the money raised would help towards a new centre for the charity,as the land in Edward Street has been earmarked for development. To sponsor Darren on his trek, go to www.justgiving.com/DarrenITW.