Police officer reaches the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

Friday, 3pm: A POLICE officer who works in Wainfleet and Spilsby switched his uniform for thermals when he conquered Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.

Sgt Nick Proctor scaled the African mountain with his wife Anna, raising 1,000 for Victim Support.

The 46-year-old said: "It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life, but to achieve it is fantastic. Being on top of Africa was a fabulous although cold experience."

The couple were part of an eight-day expedition with 16 people to reach the summit, 5,985 metres up. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world. In fact it is so high climbers can see the curve of the earth from its peak.

Once they had completed their challenge, Nick and Anna spent some time touring around Northern Tanzania, visiting game reseves and an orphanage in Mosquito River.

He said: "One of the most moving parts of our African experience was calling at an orphanage where we met children who have lost their parents, most to Aids."

Victim Support is also a cause close to Nick's heart.

He explained: "It's really satisfying to raise money for a charity that supports victims, then I know that I'll be giving something back to those who, through no fault of their own, have suffered."

Nick, who lives in Market Rasen, has now returned to work but is still collecting donations for his efforts.

If you would like to ass to his total call him at Horncastle Police Station on 01507 523332.

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