A funeral director has completed a Kilimanjaro charity climb, raising over £19,000 for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
Dave Fowles, who runs Fowles Funeral Services in Winsford, spent seven days trekking up the mountain back in September, saying that it was down to the love of his family and friends, and the generosity of others, that kept him going long enough to complete it, the Winsford Guardian reports.
His trek also raised money for Over St Johns Primary School and St Luke’s Hospice in Winsford. Back in August, Mr Fowles told the news source that he planned on raising £12,000 so the fact he raised more than £7,000 more than that must feel like a serious win for him.
“I kept a photo in my pocket from my boys and the St. Christopher they had given me around my neck, whenever I felt like quitting, and there were a few times, that was my drive upwards,” he said, explaining that he trained for a year and did intense sessions at the gym up to four times a week, as well as trekking through the Peak and Lake districts to help prepare himself.
Many people are inspired to trek up to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Take 86-year-old former teacher Angela Vorbyova from Siberia who reached the summit on October 29th – becoming the oldest person ever to complete the climb.
If you’re similarly inspired by these tales to have a go yourself, get in touch with us here at Kilimanjaro Tours so we can help you plan your trip of a lifetime.