LEGENDARY explorer George Mallory famously said he climbed Mount Everest ‘because it was there.’
As an account of mankind’s inquisitive endeavours to overcome the impossible, it is certainly a memorable quote.
However to undertake such an epic challenge for the benefit of others, rather than one’s own curiosity, shows a level of compassion perhaps more commendable, even than Mallory’s exploratory zeal.
Two Skegness housing developers will be displaying just that spirit when they embark upon a seven day mountaineering expedition to reach the summit of Africa’s highest peak.
Leigh Hall and Dean Wann hope to raise £20,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and When You Wish Upon A Star, when they set out on October 14 to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Leigh said: “This trip will certainly take us both out of our comfort zones - we aren’t experienced mountaineers and we are travelling a long way to assist two great charities, so we hope people in Skegness will be supportive.”
Having both suffered the distress of learning that a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, they are well aware of the good work carried out by Macmillan.
They are also highly supportive of When You Wish Upon A Star and the treasured memories it offers terminally ill children.
However, neither of the Manorcrest Homes directors has any experience scaling mountains and have had to undergo strenuous training to prepare themselves.
Together they have climbed the three highest peaks in Yorkshire, Snowdon in Wales and will soon be climbing Ben Nevis in addition to regular cycle rides and visits to the gym..
However, none of this will come close to the seven day Kilimanjaro expedition, which will see them endure searing African heat as well as sub-zero mountainous temperatures.
Their chosen ascent along the Machame route is also famed as being the most difficult with perilous drops and vertical climbs.
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