Mike Fox from Fleet is swapping his laptop for hiking gear next month as he embarks on a gruelling seven-day trek across the Himalayas.

The sponsored hike is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief and Mike (58), who lives in Tavistock Road, will be trekking for up to ten hours a day in the mountains.

He leaves for Katmandhu in Nepal on Feb 15 and his route will cover over 60 miles, much of it rugged terrain.

To make sure he is in peak condition, Mike is in the midst of a rigorous training programme. He said: "When all you're used to is walking from your desk to the coffee machine and perhaps the occasional visit to the gym, a seven-day trek at high altitude is going to be really testing."

He is paying his travel expenses himself, but hopes to raise £2,500 in sponsorship. His wife Sue and daughters Kimberley and Natalie are helping with fund raising.

His father was comforted by Macmillan nurses when he fell ill with cancer and Mike thinks it is a charity well worth supporting.

He works for Infineum in Abingdon, a firm which specialises in fuel additives, and will be walking with a work colleague, Keith Pepper.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Mike can ring him on 01235 469032 (day) or 01252 616743 (evenings).