Three Intrepid explorers from North Midland Construction’s Nomenca Limited have climbed the tallest free-standing mountain in the world; Kilimanjaro, raising almost £18,000 across four charities.
Andy Culshaw, Engineering Director, Warrington’s General Manager; Paul Birch and Fabrications Delivery Manager; Craig Smith completed their challenge in October raising a combined total of £10,000 for WaterAid. Nomenca has been a supporter of the charity for more than five years raising approximately £70,000 across many events and as a member of the Wessex for West Africa partnership with Wessex Water and its suppliers.
Every single day, around 2,000 children die from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. WaterAid works to address this injustice by improving access to safe water and improved sanitation, which form the building blocks out of poverty by impacting on health, education and livelihoods. It can take just £15 to ensure one person has a lasting access to clean water, improved sanitation and hygiene, so even small amounts can make a huge difference.
The fundraising trip was over a year in the planning, including nine months of intensive gym training and climbing. To prepare themselves for the 19,341ft trek, they braved extreme snow conditions on Scafell Pike, the heat of Mount Teide in Tenerife and many other walks including Ben Nevis, Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge and the Brecon Beacons which is the training ground of the SAS.
Andy Culshaw commented: “On behalf of the team and Nomenca, we would like to thank everyone who has donated and to our chief sponsors: BSS, GF, GPS Group, KSB and Selwood for helping us raise such an incredible amount for WaterAid. I travelled to Burkina Faso last year with the Wessex for West Africa partnership and witnessed first-hand the incredible work WaterAid do. We are absolutely delighted to raise this much to assist them in their vision for 2015. We are continuing our support for WaterAid through our third Annual Ball which will take place in May 2014.”
As this was the challenge of a lifetime for the team, they decided to meet personal fundraising targets of their own in support of charities close to their hearts after losing loved ones. These include The Willow Foundation, Cardiac Risk in the Young and The Prince of Wales Hospice. Through this they have collectively raised almost £8000 across the 3 additional charities.
When the team arrived back in the UK they collectively revealed just how tough the trek was. Paul Birch, who competed in the 2011 IronMan Challenge said: “It wasn’t just the physical exertion of the climb but also the altitude. Camping on the mountainside and sleep deprivation also made things tougher.”
“We knew how physically exerting it would be, but nothing could have prepared us for how mentally challenging it actually was.” Craig Smith added. The final word went to Andy who said: “I’m so glad that we completed the challenge. During the tougher elements of the climb we reminded ourselves of how much we were raising for such a great charity which really drove us on. Being able to stand at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro with the WaterAid flag was a very proud moment for us.