A FATHER-OF-TWO from Dursley is aiming to climb the height of Mount Everest without leaving the British Isles.

Chris Burman-Day will be heading up and down Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in south Wales, 20 times this weekend.

In ascending and descending Pen Y Fan 20 times, Chris will cumulatively climb 8,848 metres – the height of Mount Everest.

An endurance, triathlon and ironman coach, Chris is taking on this mountain of a challenge in aid of a children's charity.

All of the funds raised from Chris’ efforts will go to the Children's Society – which provides support for vulnerable children in England and Wales.

"As a parent of school age children I see and hear a broad range of children’s experiences; and that the Children's Society is out there advocating and fighting on behalf of our youth, especially those less fortunate, is an amazing thing – their work is invaluable," said Chris.

Chris is starting the challenge at midday on Friday and estimates that it will take him 36 hours to complete.

"I'd like to climb Everest itself one day, but not having enough cash or time to get to do so at the moment, I thought I'd give this a go," he said.

"I haven't had much opportunity to prepare for this specifically, so I'm relying on my default historical fitness - 30 years of training - to see me through.

"I'll do as much as I can and take breaks for food and a nap or two in my car."

A couple of Chris' friends are planning to join him for part of the challenge.

To donate visit Chris' Just Giving page at: bit.ly/2KM3p4k