TWO Skegness businessmen have beaten the worst that altitude sickness could throw at them to conquer one of the world’s tallest peaks for charity.
Manorcrest Homes directors Dean Wann and Leigh Hall reached the summit of Kilimanjaro in Africa recently after an arduous trek to the summit.
Their Herculen efforts have now raised £13,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and When You Wish Upon A Star.
But they are hoping to better that and close in on their original £20,000 target in the wake of their mammoth challenge.
And the pair have moved to thank all those who have generously supported them so far.
The challenge proved exceptionally tough for the pair, despite preparing for their arduous climb on the likes of Snowdon in the weeks running up to the trek.
But the cash raised and the stunning beauty of the view from the summit have more than made up for any hardship faced on their trip. Leigh said: “It was a very, very difficult challenge as it’s the largest free-standing mountain in the world.”
“We reached the summit at around 7am, in time for the sunrise. There we were able to view the glacier and enjoy the spectacular views in the rising sun and just take in the achievement of it all.”
He added: “Everyone was struggling during the climb due to the altitude.
“We were part of a group of ten, and normally on a climb like this you’d expct two or three to have to turn back. But all ten of us reached the summit.
“The guides we had were amazing, they were great and were very positive throughout.
“Raising the money is a fantastic achievement and we’d like to thank everybody who supported us so far.
“In particular, we had a phenomenal response at a fundraising evenign at the Welcome Inn early in October.
“We were overwhelmed by the support and would ike to thank the very generous people of Skegness,” he added.
The pair’s achievement means that they have literally stood on the roof of the world.
Owing to the rotation of the Earth, the mountain’s location on top of the planet’s so-called ‘equatorial bulge’ means that its summit stands further from the centre of the Earth than anywhere else in the world, including Mount Everest - despite, the latter peak being higher above sea level.
l The pair are continuing to collect sponsorship towards their goal. If you’d like to donate visit www.justgiving.com/teams/leighanddeanclimbkilimanjaro