Fundraising duo aim to conquer Kilimanjaro

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

By GEM Staff Reporter
in Charity

Two local men are undertaking an African adventure in a bid to raise almost £6,000 which will be split among three great causes – Help for Heroes, Tenovus and Dementia UK.

Richard Brewer (41) from Barry and Scott Barry (50) from Whitchurch, who both work at south Wales company K S Barry (Plumbing Heating) Ltd, have set their sights on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in October.

At 5,895 metres, it is the world’s highest free-standing mountain, with a famous snowy peak, and is located in northern Tanzania.

Richard explained: “Approximately 25,000 people attempt to climb it each year, but only two thirds are usually successful. This is mostly due to altitude-related problems, forcing some climbers to turn back.

“We have already funded our adventure and will split donations received equally among our three chosen charities.”

Richard and Scott have set themselves a fund-raising target of £5,895 – that would net their charity fund £1 for every metre climbed.

They realise that being in peak physical fitness will boost their chances of reaching the summit.

Richard said: “Training to climb Kilimanjaro is as much about your physical endurance as it is about your mental stamina.

“The types of exercise we will be carrying out are generally light-to-moderate intensity activities like jogging, swimming, cycling and long distance hiking.”

The two men have included a 24-hour 60-mile trek of the Ceredigion coast in their training schedule.

The ascent of Kilimanjaro should take five days, coming down should take two.

Richard said they had little trouble selecting the three charities to support.

As a former soldier who took part in tours of Northern Ireland and Bosnia, he was keen to do something for a Forces’ charity Help for Heroes.

“Being an ex-Welsh guardsman this charity is very close to us, and what they provide is outstanding.”

He said he also admired the fact that Tenovus was at the heart of communities.

“Their mobile support units have been bringing cancer treatment and support close to home since 2009. Since then, they have treated more than 5,000 patients and delivered nearly 25,000 treatments.

“They have saved patients hundreds of thousands of miles in journeys to hospital.”

Richard added that Dementia UK had a positive philosophy that they wanted to endorse.

“Dementia UK believes that high quality, person-centred care can mean that someone with dementia can continue to live an independent and active life.”

To make a donation to Richard and Scott’s fundraising, you can go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/peaknoevil.

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