PRICE comparison specialist firm Moneysupermarket.com is reaching for the skies with its chosen charity for the year.
The Ewloe-based firm has already raised more than £8,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society after raising £27,665.29 for the Wales Air Ambulance last year.
The company’s HR director Alan Cairns got the fundraising off to a great start by raising £3,725 in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, which the company doubled to make £7,450.
Speaking about his experience, Alan said: “It had been an ambition of mine for a long time to take on the challenge of Kilimanjaro and, while others were making New Year’s resolutions to go to the gym more often or cut back on the chocolate bars, my wife and I decided we would embark on the epic journey to the summit of Kilimanjaro.
“The preparations between January and our climb really didn’t go to plan. During a weekend cycling trip, I came off my bike and fractured my elbow. I had to have surgery and intense physio to get myself in the position to continue my training and recover enough.
“Thankfully I was still able to take this on. We arrived in Nairobi on February 28 and climbed to the summit of Kilimanjaro and back down again, ending our trip on March 9.
“It was the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced and I’m proud to say my wife and I were able to conquer it together, despite the tough conditions and ending up with stage one frostbite on some of our fingers!
“I’m overwhelmed by the donations and really pleased my efforts meant a great start to the fundraising.”
Chloe Halsted, of the Moneysupermarket.com social committee, said: “We’re really focusing on what we can do to support our new charity and are extremely pleased to announce we’ve raised £8,004.29 during the first quarter of the year alone.”