A nine-strong team put together by Lincolnshire-based egg producer/packer LJ Fairburn has raised more than £35,000 for charity by climbing Africa’s highest mountain.
The team scaled Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Food for Good, a fundraising campaign set up by the UK food industry to support Farm Africa.
Farm Africa aims to end hunger in eastern Africa by helping smallholders there grow more food for their families.
The team – made up of employees and suppliers to LJ Fairburn – arrived at Uhuru Peak, some 5,895m above sea level, at dawn on 10 September, following a seven-day trek in Tanzania. Before reaching the summit, they had already exceeded their fundraising target of £35,000, with more donations still to come in.
Scaling the mountain was no easy task, as the climbers dealt with altitude sickness and extreme cold. The final, night-time ascent took eight-and-a-half hours over loose scree and steep paths, with the team arriving in time for “a gloriously beautiful and emotional sunrise”.
“It was a life-changing experience,” said LJ Fairburn’s managing director, Daniel Fairburn. “I’ve never gone through so many emotions in one day and am just thrilled that all the team made it together.”
Anyone wishing to show support can still make donations online