PC Bald is top of the cops as he reaches peak of Kilimanjaro

David Bald at the summit of Kilimanjaro

David Bald at the summit of Kilimanjaro

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POLICE officer David Bald conquered freezing temperatures to reach the peak of Africa’s highest mountain – and raise thousands of pounds for people with Downs Syndrome.

The Thames Valley policeman reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at 6.20am on September 21 following a four day climb.

He raised £3,000 for the Downs Syndrome Association in the process,

David said: “It was a hard trek with the hardest part having to climb the last 1,200m in the dark before the sun melted the scree fields near the summit.

“It was a wonderful personal achievement, reaching the summit, but knowledge of the good that will be done with the money raised kept me going to the top.”

The money raised will keep the association’s help lines going for over a week, providing immediate help and advice to around 500 families.

People can still donate to David’s fundraising efforts by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/davidbald

For more information on the Downs Syndrome Association, please call 0845 230 0372