Air-IT’s Sales Director, Simon Leadley has returned home safely from his successful bid to climb the world’s tallest free-standing mountain to raise funds for children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Simon and Sophie at summit of Kilimanjaro

Simon and his partner, Sophie Robinson, scaled the 20,000 foot Kilimanjaro Mountain in a gruelling eight day ascent that saw the pair sleeping on cliff edges and enduring temperatures as low as -10C.

‘We didn’t get much sleep at all for the first few nights,’ says Simon. ‘Climbing Kili was an amazing, once in a lifetime experience – but it’s great to be back home enjoying a few creature comforts again!’

Air IT support Kilimanjaro challenge

8 day ascent to summit 

To reach the summit, Simon and Sophie walked for eight to 10 hours a day, living off a simple diet of soup and semolina. And the high altitudes certainly took their toll, with some members of their group being forced to abandon their climb.

‘There are no words to describe how tough it was,’ added Simon. ‘Sophie and I are just so proud (and relived) that we made it to the top in one piece.’

Air IT support challenge to climb Kilimanjaro

Camping on cliff edges on-route to top 

So far, Simon and Sophie have raised almost £3,000 for CLIC Sargent, a charity that supports young cancer patients and their families. And their Virgin Money Giving account is still open so please visit their page if you’d like to make a donation.

Well done to Simon and Sophie from everyone at Air-IT and MBC!