Fundraising from Africa’s highest mountain

July 15th, 2020

Fundraising challenges come in all shapes and sizes and for Stephen and his son Alex, they decided the bigger the better!

Stephen and Alex

They raised money for Village Water by climbing the tallest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world… Mount Kilimanjaro. 

As a keen mountain walker, 70-years young Stephen already had some experience under his belt – he also trekked the Annapurna Circuit to Everest Base Camp in 2017! 

 I’ll be completing the challenge to help promote outdoor physical activity and environmental awareness, whilst raising money for a worthy cause. 


At 19,340 feet (5,895m) Kilimanjaro is a serious challenge to take on and apart from the demandingly rough terrain the father and son dealt with altitude sickness and extreme cold before reaching Uhuru Peak. 

I’m writing from Moshi at the foot of Kilimanjaro and delighted to say that Alex and I reached the top of the mountain, one of the hardest things I’ve done so the £500 donations were well earned! What a fantastic and demanding trek amongst wonderfully cheerful and encouraging people.

Sleeping in a small tent wasn’t easy, only 2-3 hours each night so it was a wonder we made it to the top. But it was a fantastic experience in an alien landscape with prehistoric looking plants and views out over the African plains. Not to be forgotten.