A team of serving and retired police officers have taken on one of the world’s biggest mountains in a bid to raise money for charity.
Nine men, who all met as officers at Northumbria Police, took on the daunting challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro last week.
Serving officers Gary Wilson, Jonathon Lowes, Tony Davis, Richie Ghani and Dave Slade will be joined by retirees Ronnie Lowes, David Farrick, Steve Blenkinsop and Andy Nevison.
Together they tackled tough terrain and ferocious weather conditions after flying out to Tanzania to hike to the 19,000ft summit.
Planning for the trip started three years ago when retired Inspector, Ronnie, said climbing the mountain was on his bucket list.
But the group instead decided to use it as an opportunity to raise money for charity after a six-year-old relative of one of the group was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.
The little girl has since had to have a finger amputated in her battle against the disease and has a number of tests and hospital visits ahead of her.
At the beginning of the month they flew out to Tanzania to take on the challenge, at which point they had already raised nearly £2,500 for the Bone Cancer Research Trust.
Richie Ghani, who is one of the serving officers taking on the trip, led his own fundraising campaign for the local charity Cash for Kids and raised £1,500 ahead of the trip.
Now the men have touched back down in the UK after completing the hike – and they have revealed they have now raised more than £5,000.
You can support the group raising money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ronald-lowes?utm_id=123
To support Richie’s charity efforts, clock here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-ghani.
The trip is self-funded so all money will go to the officers’ chosen charities. It has also all been arranged in their own time.