A FATHER of two is aiming to be the highest human being on earth - to raise money for the Royal Borough's new children's hospice.

Ewan Ross, 39, of Brockenhurst Road, South Ascot, plans to climb to the summit of Aconcagua in Argentina - the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas and the second highest of the infamous ‘seven summits’ (the highest being Everest) sitting at 6,962 metres.

He will be raising funds for the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service - the charity set up by John and Fiona Devine, which recently opened the new hospice in memory of their son Alexander at Snowball Hill, Maidenhead.

Mr Ross said: “I have always liked a challenge, something to focus on and to test myself.

"Acongua in Argentina struck me as an amazing test as not only is it the highest mountain outside the Himalayas, the highest in the Americas and the second highest of the notorious 'seven summits', but I read that if I reach the summit and because of the time of year, I'd be the highest human on the face of the earth which would be quite an accomplishment.

“I have chosen Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service as it is such an amazing charity that is doing incredible things for children and their families that need help and support. It is every parent’s worst nightmare to have their children sick and the strength, conviction and the positivity I have seen Alexander Devine inspire is something that really hit home with me.”

Mr Ross is dad to Harry, eight and Isla, six.

Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service was founded in 2007.

At Christmas it officially opened its new state-of-the-art children’s hospice at Snowball Hill, Maidenhead giving families access to modern care facilities that include a fully-equipped sensory room, a creative learning zone, a dedicated music room and a hydrotherapy room.

Julia Philipson, community fundraiser for Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service said: “We are thrilled that Ewan has chosen us as his charity and in complete awe of the challenge he has set himself and the training involved."

Mr Ross has already exceeded his £1,000 fundraising target. He sets off later this month.

To support him visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ewanaconcagua