A St Ives man is running up a mountain to help those in need of a lifesaving blood stem cell donation.

Mark Wishart, from St Ives, hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for Delete Blood Cancer UK by taking part in the Midnight Mountain Half Marathon in the Brecon Beacons on June 25.

Mark decided to fundraise for the charity as his father-in-law has blood cancer. He is also doing it to raise awareness of how people could save the life of someone with a blood cancer by registering as a potential blood stem cell donor with the charity.

Mr Wishart said: "I wanted to take on a challenge that was fun, different and something that stands out and with the mountain half I think I have found it. My friend Jane Petrucci challenged me, and together we will get through this raising much needed funds for blood cancer."

You can support Mark by donating at: http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Mark-Wishart3

You can register in five minutes online and request a cheek swab kit that will enable you to do your own tissue test to go on the database to maybe one day become a blood stem cell donor, through the Delete Blood Cancer UK website: www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk