A Suffolk personal trainer is climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest to help families make ends meet this Christmas.

Chris Woolener, from Stowmarket, is to step up for the Salvation Army’s Christmas appeal, taking part in the challenge on December 21 to support struggling families.

At the highest point on earth, Mount Everest is the highest of the Himalayan mountains at 8,850 metres, which Mr Woolener will climb on a Stairmaster.

The full time personal fitness trainer raised £2,000 for the church and charity in 2021 in a 24-hour extreme fitness challenge.

East Anglian Daily Times: Chris Woolener will climb the equivalent of Mount Everest on a StairmasterChris Woolener will climb the equivalent of Mount Everest on a Stairmaster (Image: Salvation Army)

As a father-of-three, Mr Woolener aims to support families with the rising cost of living during the festive period by raising money for the charity, which works in a variety of ways, including helping victims of modern slavery, nurseries, community choirs, and food banks.

Mr Woolener said: “I know how difficult this time of year can be for some, but I know that this year, with the increasing rising costs, it is going to hit even harder for so many more.

"As a father of three young girls, I would like to do what I can to ensure families and their little ones do not go without. 

“I wanted to reach out in my local community for the charity, whilst doing something motivational and physical, and pushing my own limits."

The appeal is also accepting donations of new children's gifts until December 5.

Donations can also be dropped off in Stowmarket at collection points in Asda, Tesco, The Works, Hays Travel and Cafe on the Rec until 5 December.

The church on Violet Hill Road will be collecting donations of new unwrapped toys between 9.30am and 3pm on November 28 and on December 6 between 10am and 2pm.

To donate to the challenge, visit www.justgiving.com/page/chris-woolener-1698262838606