A Brid lad who hopes to climb a mountain in memory of his late mum is holding a special fundraising evening at the Pack Horse pub tomorrow.
Josh Beasley, 18, lost his mum Anne Beasely to Huntington's disease when he was just 10-years-old.
The college student has a 50-50 chance of inheriting the incurable illness, but says is determined to conquer Mont Blanc - the highest mountain in the Alps - to raise money for the Huntington's Disease Association.
He said: "It’s similar to Parkinson’s Disease – it basically destroys the brain and takes away the ability to talk."
Josh, who lives on Springfield Avenue and who hopes to study criminology at Northumbria University, said conquering the mountain would be a fitting tribute to his mum, who died when she was only 48.
Not only that, but the teenager’s charity trek next August will raise at least £2,000 for the Huntington’s Disease Association, who support people affected by the disease and provide information and advice to professionals.
To help raise funds towards his climb, Josh is holding a special charity night at the Pack Horse pub,at Market Place, in Old Town, tomorrow evening (Wednesday February 17) from 7.30pm.
A raffle, tombola and other activities will take place in order to raise as much money as possible for Josh epic journey to the highest mountain in the Alps.
You can also donate by visiting Josh's JustGiving page by clicking here.
Huntington's is a neurodegenerative disease, which targets the nervous system and can cause psychiatric problems, difficulties with behaviour, feeding, communication and abnormal movements.