Adventurers back city's Everest man

FAMOUS adventurers Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Bear Grylls have sent messages of support to a young Edinburgh man who is preparing to climb Everest.

Stephen Green has already left the Capital for Nepal and will begin climbing the 8,848-metre high mountain within the next couple of weeks.

The 23-year-old is raising money for cancer charities following the death of his father Raymond from the illness.

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Adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who in May 2009 at the age of 65 climbed to the summit of Mount Everest, said: "Stephen is an inspiring young man and I am proud to support Stephen on his adventure to the top of the world.

"I wish him the very best in his fundraising and future.

"Marie Curie is a vital charity involving anyone affected by cancer or other terminal illness and I would encourage everyone to donate what they can."