Waldeck Director Martin Osborne has raised over £5,000 for charity by climbing the highest mountain in Africa in memory of his sister.
Bridget Osborne (39) from Peterborough was knocked down by an ambulance which lost control on ice while walking her dog near her home in Langtoft near Bourne on 17th December 2009.
Martin (38), who is also from Peterborough but now lives in Sleaford, trekked to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro last month in aid of Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester, a charity close to Bridget’s heart.
“Bridget was a very caring person and spent a lot of her time helping out at animal rescue centres in the UK and abroad,” explained Martin.
“She loved animals and used to bring a lot of the rescue dogs home with her. In fact my parents still look after one of the dogs she adopted at their home in Peterborough.”
It took Martin five days to reach the Uhuru Peak, 5,895 metres above sea level, and only 14 out of the 22 people Martin trekked with made it to the top because of altitude sickness.
“Although the initial trek through the rainforest to the foothills of the mountain was fairly easy going, once we reached 4,000 metres it was tough and we all started to suffer from the lack of oxygen.
“It made me feel very lightheaded but I was determined not to let down my sister or the people who had sponsored me.
“When we reached the summit at 8am on Thursday 23rd September I felt very relieved and very pleased to have done it. I enjoyed it so much I’m now considering doing a 10-day trek to Machu Picchu in Peru!
“I want to thank everyone who sponsored me, particularly my friends and family, the Sleaford Round Table and my colleagues at Waldeck. I really appreciate all their support.”
Martin is now collecting the money pledged and hopes to have raised in excess of £5,000 which he will be presenting to the charity in November.
Director of Fundraising and Communications at Wood Green Animal Shelter Sharon Evans said: “Martin set himself an extremely difficult and challenging task but with his enthusiasm and determination to complete the trek in memory of his sister Bridget, we had no doubt he would make it to the Uhuru Peak.
“We receive no government funding and rely solely on people like Martin. We know Bridget was very passionate about animals and this money will go a long way to helping many of them here at Wood Green.”
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