FANTASTIC fund-raisers are on top of the world after holding a coffee morning – at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Npower workers Caroline Fisher, Christopher Harrison and Noz Islam – who are all based at the Rainton Bridge office in Houghton, along with Patrick Dinsmore from the Peterlee office were part of team that raised a staggering £200,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
While most people were taking part in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Mornings on ground level, 15 climbers decided to have their own at 5,895 metres above sea level, at the summit of Africa’s highest peak.
The trekkers from across the UK approached the mountain through the remote north-eastern side and followed the Rongai route, taking seven days to acclimatise and reach the summit.
The expedition target was to raise £50,000 for Macmillan, npower’s charity partner but the climbers managed to smash that four fold and achieved a massive £200,000, including match funding from npower.
Employee Noz Islam said: “It was an amazing experience to stand on the summit of Kilimanjaro at practically the same time colleagues were celebrating their own coffee morning. We decided to commemorate the event with a coffee break of our own.
“But getting there wasn’t easy – it was probably the biggest challenge of my life.”
He added: “It was a super-human effort to hit the top. Undoubtedly, the special bond between the team helped push us all to the absolute limit for this great cause.
“I am so proud of what we have achieved – a once-in-a lifetime experience that I will never forget.””