A white Christmas in the mountains!

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MOUNTAIN climbers attempting Everest this Christmas may think they are suffering from altitude sickness when they see fellow walkers Jonathan Gilroy and Rob Jones.

For Jonathan and Rob are set to tackle the world’s highest mountain dressed as a rabbit and a reindeer.

The pair are raising money for the Starlight charity, which grants wishes for terminally ill children, and Help for Heroes.

They will spend three weeks in total on the trek, acclimatising to the altitude before climbing to base camp at more than 5,000 metres above sea level.

Jonathan, 30, from Gomersal, and Rob, 36, from Leeds, will set off on December 17 and will spend Christmas and New Year in their tent.

Jonathan said: “Starlight grants terminally ill children their last wish or entertains them in hospital. One of my friends’ sons is quite ill so it tugged on my heart strings.

“Rob is an ex-marine which is why he chose Help For Heroes.

“Every year we do something a bit different and it’s been a lifelong ambition of mine to do the summit before I’m 35, so we’re doing base camp first.

“We are doing the acclimatisation in normal clothes then the rest in fancy dress.

“We thought if we did something a bit different people would be more inclined to help us.”

Jonathan said the suits were to be adapted so the pair would be comfortable during the climb.

He said: “I chose the rabbit because children like bunny rabbits, and Rob chose the reindeer because it’s Christmas!

“On Christmas Day we will probably be sitting in our tent eating dehydrated food!”

Sponsor them at www.virginmoneygiving.com/jonathangilroy and http://www.bmycharity.com/Robeverest2011.