A PENSIONER who tackled a trek through mountains and cycled across South Africa, has raised £13,000 for charity after writing a book about his multi-million pound business.
When George Paxton retired as group chairman of Universal Sealants UK Ltd in December 2012, he signed up to trek through Morocco’s Anti-Atlas Mountains, to raise money for charities Prostate Action, and Wellbeing of Women.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011 and raised more than £25,000 for the causes.
The trip gave the grandfather-of-three, from Whitburn, a thirst for extreme challenges and led to him joining a 450km bike ride in South Africa, to raise money for The Urology Foundation.
He said: “I thought at 65 years of age it would be too tough for me to take part in.
“However, after several months of training, I teamed up with 30 bikers in Cape Town, to embark on the six-day challenge.”
Father-of-three George, married to Jean, travelled across mountains to visit a school in Barrydale where he handed out presents.
After returning from the trip, he published his first book, Black Gold, in December.
Copies are £20 with all of the money going to The Urology Foundation.
It details the rise of the business he founded with twin brother John, who died of prostate cancer in 2004, more than 30 years ago.
Universal Sealants UK Ltd started from a house in Sunderland and became an international business, employing more than 200 people.
George added: “We were just two brothers from Plains Farm. It’s an amazing story.
“So to mark my retirement, and as a tribute to John, I decided to write the book.
“I was overwhelmed with the response. When the charity claims gift aid, the book will have raised more than £15,000.
“The next fund-raising event will be announced in March.”