On July 5th Alex (accompanied by Chris, who just about kept up!) succeeded in walking up Kilimanjaro to raise money for The Emily Jordan Foundation. As many of you are aware Alex has already done some amazing things, including: 1. Walking up Mount Kenya in 2006, raising over £13,000 for Mencap to be put to good use.
2. Cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats in 2009 to raise money (over £25,000) to help the Foundation buy a Unit.
3. Cycling from Barcelona to Kidderminster in 2013 to raise money for the Foundation (over £11,000) to start the Twigs project.
This walk was a real challenge, tacking the highest mountain in Africa. The push to the top started at midnight, and involved walking uphill for over 6 hours on a very soft track (like walking on a sandhill!) to nearly 20,000 feet! At this height the air pressure is only 45% what it is at sea level;, making breathing hard work. Also the normal altitude issues are there all the time - headaches and nausea - its like having a constant hangover! The temperature at the top was -23C, plus windchill. This probably made it about -30C - very cold! Alex did it and is now back in the UK with lots of stories.
The monies from this challenge will go to develop the Twigs and Wood-Works projects further, as with the financial squeeze fund raising is even more important for the Foundation to ensure it can continue to help this very disadvantaged group.
Thank you all for your support.