Spring 2019

Kilimanjaro climb raises charity funds

More than £2000 has been raised for charity with a Mount Kilmanjaro climb by Ruth Harvey, marketing manager at James Fisher, and her partner, Dan.

The pair embarked on the epic climb last December, taking the Machame route over seven days to avoid the altitude sickness that can so often blight climbers.

‘I heard that this route is best for acclimatisation but I didn’t realise it is steeper and longer than other routes!'

Says Ruth:

'Even though we'd been training for eight months with long walks in the lakes, peak district and the welsh hills we had no idea how the altitude would affect us.'

She says summit day was the toughest: 

‘After five days walking you get up at 6am on the sixth day and walk to base camp where you are supposed to grab a little sleep ready for the summit climb which starts at midnight.

‘It was absolutely freezing, and I felt a little delirious at times through lack of oxygen but we reached the summit at 08:30am, stayed for just long enough to take in the spectacular views, then turned around and scrambled back down the mountain. That day was 14 hours of gruelling hiking.’

 ‘It was tough – but definitely worth it,’ she says, ‘ and I've been overwhelmed by how generous everyone has been in helping me raise money to support local communities and initiatives there. Thank you all so much.’

All funds were raised for the Tanzania Development Trust which helps support Tanzania's poorest communities by helping provide clean water, agricultural support, education, solar power, healthcare, and new and improved livelihoods.

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