A TEAM of staff from a Henley company reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and raised
A TEAM of staff from a Henley company reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and raised more than £17,000 in the process.
Nine employees from pump firm Stuart Turner reached Africa’s highest point at 8.30am on Thursday last week after eight days of climbing in Tanzania.
One member failed to make the summit after suffering from altitude sickness.
After setting off at midnight on Wednesday with head torches, the team climbed to Stella Point in time to see the sun rise. They then regrouped and set off towards Uhuru Peak. After reaching the 5,895m summit, they took their first leg downhill and trekked for eight hours, firstly to Barafu camp for breakfast and then onwards to Millennium camp.
On Friday the group were awoken at 5.30am to continue their descent to Mweka gate for their final reception and certificate presentation.
The team flew back to Britain on Saturday and eight of those who took part were back at work in Greys Road on Monday.
The proceeds will go to the Stuart Turner Foundation.
Customer service manager Rory Topping said the climbers were elated.
“I think the team did brilliantly,” he said. “Not once during the whole challenge did anyone moan or groan or not help each other.
“It was very arduous. The last two days, the summit days, were definitely the worst.”