Stuart climbs to the top to boost appeal

AN ALDINGBOURNE Trust employee has scaled a great height for the charity.

Staurt Faulkner made it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for its work.

He endured an eight-day trek on the Lemosho route and overcame altitude sickness to reach the 5,895m-high summit earlier this month.

“This was just about the hardest physical and mental challenge I’ve ever done,” said Stuart. “But it was worth it in the end.

“We started out in temperatures of 30C and it was minus 15C at the top. Camping out at minus 10C is no joke, I can tell you.”

Stuart’s group of climbers was made up of people of varying ages. A few had to drop out because of altitude sickness.

Stuart was affected quite badly during the last few hundred metres of his climb. But his African guide, Benson, supported him and helped him to achieve his goal.

His endeavours have seen Stuart raise more than £400 
so far. His final donation will go towards the trust’s £4m appeal to improve its main site of the Aldingbourne Country Centre.

This will be spent on making its facilities more 
self-sufficient to enable the trust to be able to support its work with adults with learning difficulties.

Stuart works part-time in the timber recycling centre at the country centre north of the A27 near Fontwell.

He can still be sponsored at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/stuartfaulkner1