CO-OP Pharmacy worker Peter Hamilton will be swapping Kirkintilloch for Kathmandu, when he embarks on a charity trek in the Himalayas.
Peter, a pre-registration pharmacist at the Co-operative Group's branch in Cowgate, Kirkintilloch, is hoping to raise more than £ 3,000 by climbing 6,000 metres to Everest Base Camp.
Money raised, including sponsorship from Peter's colleagues and customers, and a donation from his employers, will go to the British Heart Foundation.
"One of my friends was doing the climb and suggested I do it as well," said Peter. "I've done climbing and trekking in Switzerland, and here in Scotland, but never anything like this, I'm really looking forward to it.
"Raising money for the British Heart Foundation is really important. I've had relatives who have had heart disease, and every day I see people in the pharmacy who have heart problems."
Peter and his fellow fund-raising climbers will travel to Nepal for their 18-day trek in February next year. Until then he is busy raising sponsorship and getting in shape.
"I'm going to the gym regularly and getting as fit as I can. It'll be at altitude so it's important to be in good condition."
Peter, who joined Co-operative Group Pharmacy 10 months ago, is on the lookout for additional sponsorship. Anyone who wants to sponsor Peter's Everest expedition can do so via a website at www.bhf.org.uk/sponsor/peterhamilton