On top of the world – almost

Jane McHugh and Rhonda Miller (and the rest of their group) made it to the summit of Kilimanjaro
Jane McHugh and Rhonda Miller (and the rest of their group) made it to the summit of Kilimanjaro

TWO intrepid fund-raisers from Alnmouth are celebrating after conquering one of the world’s highest mountains for charity.

It was a chance remark among a group of friends which led Jane McHugh and Rhonda Miller to take on the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

The 19,341-foot climb took six days to complete and between them, they raised over £4,000 for Help for Heroes and Alzheimers Research.

Jane, who has the Red Lion pub in Alnmouth, said: “It was a great trip, an experience of a lifetime. The weather during the day was pretty good, but at night it was very cold – especially on summit night when we walked under a full moon at minus-10 degrees with a bit of snow.”

Rhonda, who works in the housing industry, added: “It was very difficult to sleep at night with the cold and the altitude and also very difficult to eat due to loss of appetite, but you had to for energy.

“We all experienced good and bad days with very bad headaches and not being able to breathe well.

“The landscape was amazing, walking through a jungle one day and then walking on what seemed like the moon the next.

“Everyone supported everyone else and kept each other going.”