Kilimanjaro charity trek

NILABE111209e2, Phil Poulter climbing Kilimanjaro for charity.
NILABE111209e2, Phil Poulter climbing Kilimanjaro for charity.

AN AWSWORTH man will be swapping his suit for a pair of walking boots as he gears up for a challenge of a lifetime.

Phil Poulter will be jetting off to Africa in the new year to trek up its highest peak Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for a cause close to his heart.

The 55-year-old will be cutting down on Christmas treats this year in preparation for the feat, and has quit smoking after more than 40 years.

He said: “I am looking forward to it, but with some trepidation.”

Phil will land in Tanzania on January 3, ready to start his adventure along the less-travelled but longer Lemosho route.

He expects that the group he will be part of will spend seven days on the dormant volcano in its bid to reach the 19,341 ft summit where he could face altitude sickness, shortness of breath, hypothermia and headaches, hence the strict routine beforehand.

Phil is using the event as a way of raising money for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

“I have chosen this charity as we lost a friend recently and my wife’s mum lost her battle with the disease in January 2011,” he said.

“November was pancreatic cancer month and there have been some notable losses recently – famous figures such as the actor Patrick Swayze and Apple’s Steve Jobs which have highlighted the disease and the fact that survival rates have not increased as for others.”

Phil is hoping that Advertiser readers will dig deep and support his efforts with a donation at www.justgiving.com/Phil-Poulter-PCRF.