Fundraiser climbed high for Ride High charity

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A COMPUTER expert climbed 19,340 square feet through five different eco-zones to raise £10,000 for a children’s charity.

Jeff Stanford, IT director at nationwide childcare group Asquith Day Nurseries, braved altitude sickness and freezing temperatures last month to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.

He was raising cash for the Milton Keynes-based Ride High charity, which helped children from deprived backgrounds.

Jeff said: “I wanted to both raise money for this excellent charity that gives needy children the chance to ride and look after horses and ponies and to challenge myself at the same time.

“There were nine of us in the group. It took four-and-a-half days to climb the 19,340 foot high peak – and one-and-a-half to get back down. But all the physical training before the trip and the mentally and physically exhausting trek – including highly debilitating bouts of altitude sickness – were worth it just to stand on the summit and watch the sun rise over East Africa and realise I had achieved my goal.”

The team, helped by local porters, traversed five eco-zones in six days, from rainforest to glaciers and in temperatures ranging from 80 degrees Fahrenheit to well below freezing.