Kilimanjaro climb raises £39k for African charity

Egle Kalinauskaite at Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Egle Kalinauskaite at Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

An Alford woman has helped raise £39,000 for charity by scaling Africa’s highest mountain in a gruelling six-day trek.

Twenty-five-year-old Egle Kalinauskaite, originally from Lithuania, was part of a nine-strong team from Alford’s LJ Fairburn - one of the largest suppliers of fresh eggs in the UK - to take on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Proceeds from the climb go to Farm Africa, a charity working to end hunger in eastern Africa by helping smallholder farmers grow more food for their families.

The group from LJ Fairburn, where Egle works as a packing centre manager, have so far raised £39,000, smashing their target of £35,000.

They arrived at Uhuru Peak at 9.30am local time (7.30am BST) on Wednesday, September 10.

Uhuru Peak towers at 5,895 metres above sea level and was reached in a punishing eight-and-a-half-hour night-time climb.

A spokesman said: “Each climber felt the effects of altitude and everyone went through a dark patch at some point during the final stages. So it was an incredible achievement when the whole team emerged onto the summit to gaze out from the roof of Africa and be greeted by a beautiful sunrise.”

He added: “Before the team set off for the summit they were thrilled to discover surprise messages of support from family and friends that had been carried up the mountain. It all made for an emotional departure from Barafu Hut and helped spur the climbers on.”