Kilimanjaro climb raises more than £16,000 for charity

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A Belper man has completed a gruelling trek up Kilimanjaro and has helped raise more than £16,000 for charities in the process.

Phil Green,43, of Maidwell Close, Belper, scaled the peak - which is the highest free-standing mountain in the world - with three colleagues from Saint-Gobain’s Ilkeston plant.

He completed the 19,341ft ascent after two years planning and practice climbs on Britain’s three major peaks, Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scaffel Pike.

Money will go to Water Aid, because of Saint-Gobain PAM UK’s links with the water industry, Help for Heroes, because team member Darren Wood was in the armed forces, and Breast Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support because the four men all know somebody who had suffered cancer and is being treated.

Phil said: “Although we were prepared, it was a much tougher physical and mental challenge than we thought. We all suffered from various levels of altitude sickness.”