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.