Topsham man completes Alps adventure for charity
PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 October 2015
A Topsham double leg amputee braved high winds to climb three mountains to raise funds for Hospiscare.
Norman Croucher, 75, of White Street, returned from the Alps after climbing more than 25,000 feet in total.
The pensioner, known locally as Norm, is already looking forward to next year’s climb and is hoping to tackle two 10,500-foot peaks in Switzerland.
He has dedicated his life to mountaineering after a fall in front of a train cost him his legs.
Norm has recently come through treatment to beat bowel cancer and has been given the all-clear after undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a major operation.
For more than 20 years, he has taken on mountain climbing challenges to raise funds for Hospiscare.
This latest climb has bumped the total raised up to £8,000.
Norm, who has suffered muscle loss and eight months of daily wound dressing as a result of the cancer, said he was delighted to achieve what he had done.
He said: “I was very pleased with how it went, considering the weather was very poor.
“To get done what we did in very high winds was quite satisfying.”
Joined by his wife Jude, Norm began by climbing over angled rock to the top of Le Brevent, which stands at 8,284 feet.
He then tackled the 7,644 foot Croix de Fer, via a narrow rock ridge, followed by an exposed ledge and some scrambling on loose rock.
They were joined by two student friends as the group reached the top of the 8,858-foot tall Mallighorn and also climbed over rock slabs to another 8,107-foot summit.
● People can donate to Norm’s cause by going to www.justgiving.com/Normssurvivorsclimb