An Alford businessman is on a strict training regime to get in shape for a punishing climb to the highest point in Africa at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Daniel Fairburn will be leading a nine-strong team in the climbing challenge next month.
The 37-year-old dad of three will be joined by colleagues from egg suppliers LJ Fairburn .
They aim to raise £35,000 in sponsorship for Food for Good, a campaign undertaken by the UK food industry to raise funds for the charity Farm Africa.
The summit stands 5,895 metres above sea level, making it the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.
Scaling the mountain, in Tanzania, is the equivalent of climbing Big Ben 61 times.
They will be sleeping under canvas on rough mountain trails, and will only arrive at the summit after trekking through the night in oxygen-thin air over steep boulder-strewn paths.
Daniel is already fit thanks to regular running and football,he plays for his local Sutton-on-Sea side, as well as the physical demands of work.
To give himself a further fitness edge, Daniel has brought a ‘stepper’ machine, jumping on at every opportunity, to the amusement of colleagues.
Farm Africa is working to find permanent solutions to tackling hunger in eastern Africa by helping smallholder farmers to grow more food.
Managing director Daniel, whose wife Sarah Louise also works for LJ Fairburn, has never been to Africa. Nor has he ever taken on a charity fundraising challenge.
Daniel will have even more reason to celebrate when they arrive at the summit. His son, Jim, will be celebrating his second birthday during the ascent.
He said: “I’m really proud that as a company we’ve taken on such a daunting challenge. As someone who’s been involved in farming all my life, I want LJ Fairburn to be a force for good and to play its part with the rest of the food industry in supporting farmers in Africa so they can grow more food and help their families and communities move out of hunger and poverty.”
To donate to the team’s fundraising page here visit: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/fairburnkilimanjaro climb