A 53-year-old has come up with a unique way of indulging his sense of adventure – by climbing Africa’s highest mountain.
Richard Wilkinson, of Hartshorne, revealed that he had decided to undertake the mammoth challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as he reached the ‘middle part’ of his life.
The Roger Bullivant employee told the Mail how the trip has helped him raise more than £2,000 for two charities.
He said: “People keep asking why I decided to take on the task and all I can say to them is that I wanted a challenge and this is what I wanted to do.
“I am now over 50, middle age and thought this was a great time to do something different.
“I also have children and five grandchildren and think it would be great to show them that I have done something like this.”
Mr Wilkinson revealed that he set to start his trek on Monday with a team of 12 others. He expects to reach the summit of the mountain next Sunday.
He added: “I am not nervous. I know that bad things can happen but I am just thinking about standing at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro holding the Roger Bullivant flag high above my head.
“Recently someone got hit by lightening and died climbing it and he was an experienced climber.
“But you have to put that kind of stuff at the back of your mind and just get onto it.
“It has not put me off at all.
“I am not the fittest person but I have been doing some training at the Lake District and think that I am ready to go.
“The two charities I am supporting are Help for Heroes and Cancer Research.- I have already raised £2,000 for both causes.
Mr Wilkinson will take part in the challenge with 12 strangers after his wife was unable to join him.
“He said: “We start on Monday and if all goes well we should be at the summit of the mountain by next Sunday if all goes to plan. I will be taking part with 12 others and a group of guides.
“I am sad that my wife can’t join me but I am sure I will make sure I do her proud.
“It is big challenge and one I am really looking forward to taking part in.