An adventurous group of Aberdeen fundraisers have raised more than £6,500 for a children’s cancer charity by climbing Africa’s highest mountain.
Father and son duo John and Bruce Finnie, alongside Bruce’s coworker Kenny Mearns, reached the summit of Kilimanjaro and marked the occasion by unveiling a CLIC Sargent T-shirt at its peak.
The three men braved boiling hot days and freezing cold nights as they ascended the Tanzanian mountain to raise cash for the children’s cancer charity.
Towering almost 20,000ft above sea level, Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak is the world’s highest free-standing mountain and lies at the top of a 37-mile climb.
The route itself only has a 66% success rate, and is known as one of the most challenging charity hikes in the world.
Bruce Finnie said: “My dad John, a site manager with Barratt Homes, joined us on the trek and it really was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.
“With factors such as the weather and altitude, there really is no way of knowing whether or not we’d make it to the top.
“We had completed a number of training walks, including the 22-mile Lairig Ghru between Braemar and Aviemore, but nothing could prepare us for what lay ahead in Africa.
“We were lucky in that we had a fantastic group that really did help keep each other going.”
CLIC Sargent fundraising manager Holly Taylor, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Bruce, John and Kenny have made this wonderful contribution of £6,500 and really can’t thank them enough.”