A 57-year-old father of two decided to climb Kilimanjaro for charity and succeeded in raising £5,000 for motor neurone disease research, an illness his own father succumbed to some 36 years ago.
Graeme Hardie said the climb was the hardest thing he’s ever done and he wasn’t even sure at one point whether he would even make it to the summit, the Edinburgh News reports.
“The climbing isn’t actually that bad – it’s the altitude that affects you,” he said. “As you get higher up, your breathing gets heavier and you start to feel like you’re not with it, almost as if you’re in a permanent daze.”
Mr Hardie set off on September 26th for his six-day journey along with 28 other charity fundraisers, with his aim being to raise awareness of the disease. They were accompanied by a doctor and an experienced guide but as the trek took its toll, four of the hikers had to abandon their mission before they reached the top.
We here at Kilimanjaro Tours provide you with the chance to climb the mountain for charity – a once in a lifetime experience that should not be missed. We can offer very competitive rates for large groups so get in touch with us if you’d like to make it your mission next year. We’ve got over 25 years’ experience in organising these tours so you know we’re perfectly placed to help you achieve your dreams.
We’ve organised treks for companies like Breast Cancer Care, Barclays, Asthma UK and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.