Andy Griffiths, a technician based at Old Potts Way took on the challenge with a friend to raise money for charity. Andy and his friend Andrew Stennett trekked up the highest free-standing mountain in the world in aid of Cancer Research UK and Epilepsy Research UK, raising over £3,500.
It took them five days to reach the top and a further three day trek to get back down. The pair hosted a number of fundraising events in the year leading up to the challenge, including a ‘Ladies Night’ back in August, and an auction event with a live band that took place at C21 in Shrewsbury in October.
Andy said, “This challenge has been the hardest thing I have ever completed and it has been a major project to organise from start to finish. From training, arranging fundraising events, collecting sponsors, increasing awareness via social media and press and of course, the final expedition! “Reaching the top of Kilimanjaro was an unbelievable feeling. We had to put in a lot of training to even have a chance of completing it so to know our hard work paid off was a relief. The trek was undoubtedly the most difficult thing I have ever done and I am so happy to have completed it.
“The charities we chose to support are close to home for both of us which is why this challenge has been so important. We wouldn’t have been able to do it if it wasn’t for the support we have received from friends, family and anyone else who has donated money or attended one of our fundraising events.” Andy concluded “We would like to thank everyone who has helped us along the way and if anyone else would like to donate, visit our Just Giving page;"