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Scaling dizzy heights for charity

Published 5th December, 2011 by Neil Nixon

Scaling dizzy heights for charity

Cleaning company MD James Blackhurst raised more than £8000 for charity by scaling the challenging Mount Kilimanjaro - and achieved a personal ambition at the same time. Blackhurst, managing director of Jigsaw Cleaning Systems, reached the Uhuru Peak following an exhausting 11-day trek to provide much-needed support for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Supported on the climb by friend Chris Swarbrick, he and a trek team of 30 people successfully climbed the challenging 19,341ft mountain summit to raise more than £250,000 in total.

Blackhurst said: “This was without doubt the hardest challenge I have ever taken up in terms of both physical and mental exertion. The pressure of the altitude was far worse than I had expected but it was worth every second just to see the spectacular views. I’m very thankful for the money raised which made all the struggles worthwhile. We are delighted to support such a great cause in the Motor Neurone Disease Association, something I have a strong connection with and an organisation I have always wanted to help. I’m proud to be able to help them and I’m sure they will put the money to good use fighting this debilitating and devastating disease.”

Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano in Tanzania, is the highest mountain in Africa and although a popular trekking destination, the altitude, low temperature, and occasional high winds make it a demanding trek.

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