Charity fundraisers on top of world in Africa

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A TEAM of fundraisers has reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and collected almost £40,000 for charity.

Malton customer services manager Adrian James was a member of the team which scaled Africa’s highest mountain and reached the top yesterday.

The climb has raised £39,000 Farm Africa, a charity helps smallholder farmers there to grow more food for their families.

Mr James works for Vencomatic, a firm which supplies free range equipment to Lincolnshire egg business LJ Fairburn which organised the expedition.

Company managing director Daniel Fairburn said: “We’re all shattered, but thrilled at the achievement of making it to the very top as a team.

“Each and every one of us is hugely proud on an individual level.

“But this climb has always been about LJ Fairburn doing its bit with the rest of the food industry to support Farm Africa and its work to end hunger in eastern Africa.

“So a huge thank you to everyone who has supported this climb and helped us to raise so much money.”

It took the team six days to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro which stands at almost 6,000 metres about sea level.

The final day saw the team scramble for more than eight hours to reach the top.