The intrepid team of Inverurie businessmen have successfully conquered Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, raising more than £15,000 to support local charity North East Sensory Services (NESS).
Allan Rae, of Kirkwood Homes was joined by painting contractor Alan Lyon, and retail and commercial developer, Graeme Hay on the trek as part of a wider party of 14 people. The group set off with a shared objective of guiding Neil Skene, a completely blind fundraising coordinator for NESS and Leona Glennie, who is deaf and also works for NESS, on the tough trek up the mountain.
Allan Rae said, “We are very proud of what we have achieved for the NESS charity. Our initial target was £10,000 and we have outdone ourselves on this challenge with the help of many contributions from the likes of Kirkwood Homes, William Lippe Architects, GPH Builders Merchants, Andersons of Inverurie and Don Tarmacadam, amongst other local businesses, individuals, colleagues and family members.
“I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say we all felt completely out of our comfort zone, experiencing a different climate, meeting new people and taking on various challenges. Even the simple things such as camping and getting washed was a challenge for us, however the determination from the group meant that everyone got stuck in.”
Neil Skene added, “I always wanted to add Kilimanjaro to my list and with the help of these three amazing men assisting me and lending me a guiding arm, I was able to.”