Farmers scale Kilimanjaro for charity

18th Oct 2012

A hiker has recounted his challenging but breathtaking journey to the summit of the highest peak in Africa to raise sponsorship for Farm Africa.

British traveller Andy Jones, aged 54, from Congleton, Cheshire, completed the Kilimanjaro trek alongside seven other members of the National Farmers Union in a bid to raise cash to help poor farmers in Africa.

The group climbed 1,200 metres in often harsh conditions which included darkness, extreme cold and lack of oxygen before the ultimate ascent to the peak.

Facilities at the camp were unsophisticated, with all available water reserved for drinking rather than washing.

Andy said: "We were exhausted and found it hard to sleep before setting off due to the extreme altitude."

However, the trek was a success and Farm Africa's head of community fundraising Cathy Whiteman praised the group's efforts.

She said: "Getting to the top of Kilimanjaro is hugely demanding so this is an absolutely fantastic effort.

"And the good news is that it's still not too late to make a donation to reward all the hard work and training."

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