A team from Construction News’ parent company Top Right Group has successfully scaled Kilimanjaro for the Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity.
The team, which included Matt Foster from Careers in Construction, Construction News’ industry jobs partner, reached Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, at 9.00 am on Friday 10 October.
The team unfurled a flag at the summit to thank its most generous sponsors. These included: Helly Hansen, Hoare Lea Lighting, Michael Grubb Studio, Fitbit, ISG, Lighting Design International, Patra, Photometric & Optical Testing, SAS & Company, Select Motor Racing, Sequel Guess and Speirs + Major.
Matt Foster said: “It was a challenge that cannot be described, but it is something that you have to do in your life.”
Team member Ben Cronin added: “The team had heard all the stories about how hard it is climbing at high altitude, and trained accordingly, but we still felt completely unprepared for the physical challenge - climbing the mountain was the equivalent of wading through treacle while breathing through a straw.
“We all agreed that the seven-hour ascent to the Kilimanjaro crater was the most physically demanding thing any of us had ever done.”
So far, the team has raised £41,882 but still hopes to hit its £50,000 target. Any donations will be gratefully accepted.