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.

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.