A local woman is climbing more than 6000 metres to raise money for John Winskill, the Durrington man facing extradition to Peru.

On August 25 Stephanie Miller, from Durrington, is climbing Stok Kangri, a mountain in the Himalayas, to raise awareness and money for John, the army veteran and father of two who is currently fighting extradition to South America after being involved in a car crash during a charity rally five years ago.

Stephanie's best friend knows the Winskill family and mentioned John's story after reading it in the Salisbury Journal (July, 26), and decided she wanted to do something to help.

"I just wanted to do anything I could to help John," said Stephanie, who has only recently returned from another climb in Nepal.

As well as climbing the mountain, Stephanie is also holding fundraising spin classes at the local gym.

John, his family, friends and supporters have already spent tens of thousands of pounds defending the case.

Stok Kangri is roughly two-thirds the size of Mount Everest, and with only 16 days until the climb, Stephanie is starting to get nervous: "I do have a slight feeling of trepidation.

This is serious stuff. Having had previous climbing experience in the Himalayas I can say without hesitation it's one of the most brutal environments on earth.

It's going to be really tough, and you never know what's going to happen at such a high altitude."

John said: "Steph got in touch a few days ago after seeing my story, and wanted to do something to help, and she's just been absolutely amazing."

Stephanie added: "I cant think of a better reason than to help John prove his innocence."

Stephanie's fundraising page can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/steph-miller-1.