Peter Hoole, commercial director at Bradford Building Supplies is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzinia next month in aid of The Breath of Life Fund.
The highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro is around 20,000sq ft tall and will take Hoole around a week to climb.
He told buildersmerchantsjournal.net that it will be uncomfortable: “sleeping in tents”, both very hot and freezing cold: “tropical at the bottom and minus 20 degrees C at the top” and “dangerous”.
Hoole has decided to do the charity climb in memory of his mother, whom he lost to cancer last year.
“The charity I have chosen is The Breath of Life Fund . This charity actually supports a particular lung disease which is currently incurable and can affect anyone. Bill Acton of MKM Building Supplies and a personal friend, tragically lost his wife, Lynne, to this disease last year at a relatively young age.
“It is a tragedy that someone so young should lose their life and I hope my trek will raise awareness of this terrible illness, and also raise much needed funds, which might one day help to find a cure.”
Hoole is funding the trip himself so that all donations raised go directly to the charity. He hopes to raise £10,000.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to this very worthy cause can do so by clicking through to the donation page:
Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest free standing, snow-capped mountain. It reaches to 5895m above sea level just 220km south of the equator and remains a considerable feat of human endurance as one of the highest mountains in the world that every day tourists can climb.
The breathable oxygen at the top is less than half the amount than is common at sea level, and climbers cover at least eighty kilometres on nothing but their own two feet over the eight days it takes to reach the top and return.