Three businessmen who conquered Kilimanjaro have so far netted more than £7,000 for a popular Swindon charity – and money is still coming in.
Lee Breakspeare, Haydn Beer, and Paul King climbed the 5,895 m peak – the highest point in Africa – in support of TWIGS, the community garden-based charity which helps people with mental health, drug and alcohol related problems.
They swapped work for walking boots for a week – Lee is an electrician and property developer, Hadyn is owner and partner of BLB Kilminster Beer construction and property consultants, and Paul is a director of Morley & Co chartered accountants – to make the fifth expedition organised for TWIGS, taking the total who have climbed in aid of it to 16.
When they summited, the three posed with tablecloth made at TWIGS – the third time the tablecloth has been to the top. Team patron for all the expeditions is Winter Olympics silver medallist Shelly Rudman.
Hadyn said: “We were all elated at having made the summit. We were supported by an amazing team of local guides and porters who took the most wonderful care of us and got the whole team to the top. They kept our spirits up when we were tired and were a fantastic source of humour and education about the people, the country of Tanzania and the mountain.
“Elements of the trek were gruelling, each of the team enjoyed a sense of achievement, and we are each thrilled to have raised money for TWIGS, such a tremendous and worthwhile charity.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor the trek can do so online at www.virginmoneygiving.com, searching for TWIGS or by each individual’s name. Alternatively people can pop into TWIGS at Cheney Manor, phone 01793 523294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured above from left to right: Haydn Beer, Paul King and Lee Breakspeare