A MENTAL health nurse and university lecturer will take part in gruelling trek to raise money for a cause close to his heart.
Richard Mottershead, who lectures at the University of Chester, will scale the 2,864 metre Mount Triglav in Slovenia to raise money for Chester Area Project for Training, Employment, and Retraining (CHAPTER).
Since 1991 the charity has employment-related community-based services for people with mental health issues.
Richard will become a trustee of the charity in October.
He said: “CHAPTER is a crucial source of solace and support for individuals in and around Chester. People can be left feeling very alone and detached from their friends, family and community when suffering from poor mental health.
“This in turn can have a negative effect on an individual’s self-worth and their perception of their employability.
“CHAPTER ensures this burden is not faced alone and works either independently or with local mental health services to equip people with the skills needed to progress or reclaim their lives.”
CHAPTER assists in the maintenance and support of people who, because of their mental illness, need help in regaining confidence and accessing training and employment.
Moving back into the mainstream through education or employment is known to be one of the key factors in helping people remain in the community.
Former Cheshire Regiment officer Richard, who is also studying sports science, has previously completed a number of fundraising challenges including climbing in the Himalayas and scaling Mount Kilimanjaro.
He now provides psychological therapy for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and is linked to a number of mental health hospitals and community teams through his university work.