On 21 June local fundraiser Lee Hulme from Crewe reached the summit of Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, raising a much-needed £5,000 for St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice.
Local lad Lee Hulme, who works in the warehouse of Crewe-based Gist Ltd, was one of a ten man team to trek up one of the world’s most well-known mountain, Kilimanjaro in the Tanzania National Parks, and decided to do the trek to raise money for local adult hospice, St Luke’s.
Lee followed the Lemosho route up to the Mountain’s highest peak, Uhuru, which is the highest point on the African Continent at 5,895 metres.
During the trek Lee suffered from altitude sickness, but was fortunately able to carry on, achieving his goal of reaching the summit.
It took Lee seven days to traverse Kilimanjaro, with six to nine hours of trekking each day. On summit night, the group set off by torchlight at 11pm, with a final climb of seven hours ahead of them, to reach the peak at sunrise.
Said Lee: “During the seven days I trekked through some beautiful and amazing scenery, ranging from pristine rainforests to rugged, moon-like landscapes.
“I met some truly inspirational people, including the local guides and porters who hauled all the equipment up the mountain and my other ten team members, who all made it to the summit.”
Lee was overjoyed to reach his personal target of £5,000 raised towards patient care at St Luke’s, with further monies still to be collected. If you’d like to donate to Lee’s Kilimanjaro climb total you can visit: www.justgiving.com/Lee-Hulme