Proud Poolie reaches mountain peak

Kev Turnbull reaches the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania.

Kev Turnbull reaches the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania.

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PROUD Poolie Kev Turnbull stands at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro after nearly 20,000ft of climbing.

The dedicated 34-year-old completed the marathon effort to Africa’s highest peak with a close friend – and in doing so has raised nearly £3,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Kev, from the Headland, has been working on a power plant in Tanzania and said he had the challenge in his mind as soon as he landed the job in Africa.

He has spent a lot of time over the years travelling, but it was the first time he had took on the might of the 19,341ft high Kilimanjaro.

“Kilimanjaro has always been something I wanted to achieve,” Kev told the Mail.

“I love the outdoors and I’ve done quite a bit of travelling and trekking over the years.

“As soon as the job offer came in for Tanzania, Kilimanjaro was on my mind.”

The Alzheimer’s Society is a cause close to Kev’s heart as he has relatives who have suffered with the condition.

He set an original target of £500, but within days his fundraising total had shot past £1,000 leaving him to cough up quite a lot himself because he vowed to double any donations made in the first weekend of fundraising.

That total has continued to rise however and now stands at £2,830 and people still have the chance to donate.

“Not only is the Alzehimer’s Society a great cause but this will hopefully give my family or anyone else affected a lift,” added Kev, a big Hartlepool United fan who is currently working as a field engineer for Siemens Industrial, in Tanzania.

“I wanted to do Kilimanjaro so I just thought I’ll pay, I’ll start a JustGiving page and see what happens.

“Ever since then the response and messages of support and empathy have been so heartwarming.

“To raise as much as I have done is brilliant and to think I could get more is just fantastic.”

To donate to Kev visit http://www.justgiving.com/wellayewarrior.